In 2021, the sales of non homogeneous tokens (NFT) reached $25 billion, indicating that the industry is one of the most popular markets in the field of encryption. Art NFT, in particular, had a great impact last year. At the Fourth Art + Tech Summit held in August last year, Christie's reported non homogenous token sales of more than US $93 million.
It is worth noting that many encryption art scenes seem to be dominated by cartoons and expression packs, and projects such as cryptopunks and bored ape Yacht Club occupy the central stage. Although these projects are some of the most successful to date, new NFT subsets based on advanced technology and human imagination are emerging.
Non homogenous tokens, known as "NFT generated by artificial intelligence", are becoming more and more popular in the art community and more popular with people interested in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and metauniverse. In order to create AJ generated NFT, we usually use generative countermeasure network (GAN). These are computer algorithms that use data to train models to generate images made by machines similar to art.
Claire silver, a cooperative artist of artificial intelligence, told cointegraph that NFT art generated by artificial intelligence is a relatively new art type, and pointed out that the basic principle is that art is created together with something similar to artificial intelligence, such as Gan:
"There are a lot of code options and completely codeless tools that anyone can use. I use the latter in my work. Being able to work with AI and bring your ideas into life is a unique experience. It enhances creativity in a way that feels like freedom. It's a game you've never experienced since you were a child."
In order to create AI generated NFT, silver explained that she used a text to art generator called "eponym". The eponym tool developed by art AI, an AI generated art company, allows users to create art according to the text of their choice, and then cast these creations directly into opensea, the largest NFT market.
" Cassandra Ex Machina" Source: Claire Silver
Eyal Fisher, co-founder of art AI, said in an interview with cointegraph that eponym allows any phrase to be transformed into a unique NFT art, which will always be engraved on the Ethereum blockchain as a visual expression.
Fisher explained that eponym is based on the algorithm of personalized generated art, which allows people to create art by interacting with computers. "Eponym is a collaborative NFT project. Users can use it by entering the website and entering any phrase or word in the text box. Then, AI will generate images based on the entered text." Fisher added that each text prompt can only be generated once. "There is only one eponym named 'bitcoin'," he said.
"$BTC" image produced by eponym source: eponym
Although AI Generative Art is a fairly new concept, Fisher shared that the first eponym project sold out overnight on opensea, making it one of the largest collaborative art projects created by 3500 different artists. "This is an experiment to decentralize art. The people who own eponym are the creators of this art and want to manage it," he said“
Eponym allows users to create their own art NFT, while metascapes is another project developed by three photographers who hope to combine human expression with computer algorithms. Ryan Newburn, one of the photographers behind metascapes, told cointegraph that the project consists of 3333 rare artificial intelligence generated NFTs based on photos taken around the world. Like eponym, metascapes uses AI algorithms to create nature inspired NFT. According to Newburn, the first metascapes series is planned to be cast at the end of this month or early February.
" Ice Journey" Source: metascapes
Versus labs, the artificial intelligence team behind metascapes, explained that the works of art in each series are created by identifying real-world images through training data:
"We have images and labels of photos, which are called 'training data'. When generating the output model, we will put labels to tell the model what type of images should be published. For example, ice caves and volcanoes are two types of work done by photographers in the past, but this is not the main input data, so we want to ensure that the output includes examples of ice caves and volcanoes."
Versus labs added that metascapes' AI will learn over time and pointed out that the generator of output data will become better over time because the two learning modes are used at the same time. "The generator outputs random noise at the beginning, and the discriminator model tells the generator how to improve the output, so it looks more like training data. This cycle continues to ensure that both modes improve over time."
Iurie belegurschi, another photographer behind metascapes, told cointegraph that as a photographer, the metascapes team chose to cooperate with artificial intelligence to generate images because everything related to NFT and Web3 is about machines, computers and code:
"We decided to work with machines to create a new world in the metauniverse. Now everyone is buying PFP characters, but in our example, people will get a unique land in the metauniverse."
Although NFT generated by artificial intelligence is still an emerging concept, this model has begun to affect artists and NFT collectors. For example, a digital artist named "Kami was here" told cointegraph that cooperation with artificial intelligence has fundamentally changed the role of human artists:
"Humans need algorithms, and algorithms also need humans. For me, this new role means inspiration for data collection, coding, planning, creative themes, and most importantly," training "algorithms. The process is dynamic and the result is collaborative. "
" The Cartographer" Source: Kami was here
On the difference between the Generative Art NFT and other non homogeneous tokens, "Kami was here" explained that each result is completely unique because it is generated by the algorithm. "Generative Art will explore the future of a society closely connected with human-computer interaction," the artist said.
In addition, Fisher pointed out that accessibility and the newly discovered desire to own NFT are the results of AI generated images. "Many of our users are creating NFT for the first time, while NFT collectors and buyers are creating their own works. This is unusual because most people in our community are not professional artists."
Dr. Alex alter, chief AI scientist of alternative state machine, further told cointegraph that the NFT generated by artificial intelligence not only looks unique, but also brings a deeper sense of abstraction to individuals. Alternative state machine is a protocol that uses NFT intelligence to create intelligent AI agents. "In a sense, these NFTs are really unique, because no single area in any AI work has similar pixels. Moreover, in the future, people will be able to create AI works through Dao and chat robot technology. This is far more than other NFTs can do today."
" "Abyss" source: Dr. Alex alter
Although the potential of artificial intelligence generated NFT is obvious, whether artificial intelligence can reliably generate high-quality images based on text or photos is still a concern.
Therefore, Newburn mentioned that metascapes carefully planned each of their series. "Our AI team has generated tens of thousands of images. Not all of these will be displayed in our casting. If we are not satisfied with this category, we will develop strategies to retest which categories can cooperate with each other. Our AI has gained experience from many tests."
It should also be noted that there are different ways to generate AI based NFT. For example, Fisher mentioned that eponym has two versions of generators available to the public, one running as a chat robot on the company's discord channel and the other as a private link, which contains more complex algorithms and can create more advanced images. "Kami was here" further pointed out that some AI art works can be generated in only a few minutes, while others take longer:
"There are free applications like wombo that can easily generate images. It's easy for people to create. On the other hand, AI art also takes months to build and train your algorithms, collect input data and pay for processing power. AI art can also be very resource intensive and personalized."
Aside from technology, NFT generated by artificial intelligence will become a subversive trend in the future. According to Dr. alter, AI Generative Art has achieved huge sales on opensea, and pointed out that this market will continue to grow this year. He mentioned that this is partly due to the function of AI generated NFT. "In the future, people will be able to have their own 'artificial intelligence artist' NFT (artificial intelligence that can produce art), or use DAO AI to create art with AI artists."
In addition, the rise of meta universe should promote the development of NFT based on artificial intelligence. For example, Fisher said that eponym's next project will feature interactive virtual identity. Users can create 3D characters with their own portraits and animate them using artificial intelligence. "Our idea is to use AI to make characters have different shapes and compatible in metacosmic environments such as sandbox. In February this year, the company will introduce additional algorithms to enable users to generate personalized characters."
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