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Netflix stirs fears by using AI-assisted background art in short anime film

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2023-02-03 16:46:37 from the *delete humans* *insert AI* dept.
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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/02/netflix-taps-ai-image-synthesis-for-background-art-in-the-dog-and-the-boy/ [arstechnica.com]

Over the past year, generative AI has kicked off a wave of existential dread [kotaku.com] over potential machine-fueled job loss not seen since the advent [wikipedia.org] of the industrial revolution. On Tuesday, Netflix reinvigorated that fear when it debuted a short film called Dog and Boy that utilizes AI image synthesis to help generate its background artwork.

Directed by Ryotaro Makihara, the three-minute animated short follows the story of a boy and his robotic dog through cheerful times, although the story soon takes a dramatic turn toward the post-apocalyptic. Along the way, it includes lush backgrounds apparently created as a collaboration between man and machine, credited to "AI (+Human)" in the end credit sequence.

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