“Assistance Required: My Companion Gifted Me a Ridiculous AI-Generated Novelty”

“Help, My Friend Got Me a Dumb AI-Generated Present”

“Sure, a computer whipping up unique remixes may be a fun gimmick. But it’s not meaningful. It’s not art. And it’s definitely not a thoughtful gift,” says Greg Jefferson in his Wired article on the rising popularity of AI-generated gifts.

Jefferson seems to have missed the memo that having an AI-associated experience can be both entertaining and unexpected. Not every gift is destined to become a family heirloom conveyed across generations, and as perceptions about what constitutes art continue to evolve, why can’t we consider AI-generated creations in the mix?

Think about it. In this tech-driven era, everything is becoming more personalized and more unique, and these are qualities we value in meaningful gifts. If an AI can produce something utterly original, matching inexplicably complex algorithms to the interests or personality of a chosen friend or family member, then surely that holds a certain value of its own.

Agreed, nothing can replace a handwritten card or a carefully chosen book by a favorite author, but to categorically write off AI-generated gifts as ‘dumb’ seems pointlessly limiting. In a world where our digital footprints are increasingly extensive, these gifts are nothing if not a reflection of that reality.

Besides, who could resist a shower curtain embedded with an epic message made by an AI with a weird sense of humor? The era of algorithmically designed gifts is here to stay. Remember, even Warhol started with soup cans. So, let’s toast to the absurd, the unexpected, and the utterly unique. Because isn’t that what makes life interesting?

Nonetheless, as illustrated in Jefferson’s article, the trouble begins when AI-generated gifts are misjudged or misunderstood. However, if used wisely, AI can shake up the gift-giving game, throwing in elements of surprise, humor and thoughtfulness that are its very own creations.

In the end, it’s not about replacing traditional, personalized gifts with AI-generated ones, but about recognizing the potential of this new avenue and embracing it. After all, art is subjective, and so is gift-giving. As long as the present is chosen with care and thought for the recipient, it can be a Picasso or an AI-generated shower curtain. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Read the original article here: https://www.wired.com/story/help-my-friend-got-me-a-dumb-ai-generated-present/