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Celebrated SA artist Blessing Ngobeni steps into the metaverse

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Blessing Ngobeni, the world-renowned, multi-award-winning South African visual artist, has entered the metaverse with a ground-breaking collection that combines physical art pieces with non-fungible token (NFT) digital versions. This collection comprises eight art pieces that are available as pairs, with each set including a physical piece and a digital NFT.

Motivated by social injustices experienced by the majority of people in post-Apartheid South Africa, Ngobeni’s large-scale mixed media paintings are fiercely critical of the country’s political elite and the abuse of power. His exploration of NFTs follows the likes of Frank Miller, KAWS, Maylee Todd, LaTurbo Avedon, and Gary Vee, who have embraced the medium internationally, and Norman Catherine, who debuted his NFT collection in Africarare in 2021.

Read more: https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/16/237412.html

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When Artificial Intelligence Steers the Ballot: The Dark Art of ChatGPT and Voter

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In the digital amphitheater of modern democracy, a new actor takes the stage: ChatGPT. As the world barrels toward pivotal elections and democratic displays, technologies like OpenAI‘s ChatGPT throw a sharp light on the complexities of political engineering and influence. Contrasting the benign use of AI for enhancing customer support or improving productivity, when wielded within the political sphere, the narrative turns more contentious—spotlighting the invasive prowess of artificial intelligence to potentially subvert a sacred human right: free and fair elections.

Beyond functionality, ChatGPT’s application in politics broaches crucial ethical territories and begs the question: How far is too far when digital tongues sway the human condition? This new age of political communication, where AI-generated content mimics the personal touch of a local campaigner, offers a breeding ground for new levels of voter manipulation. Gone are the days of broadcast politics where one message had to fit all. Now, ChatGPT devises micro-targeted dialogues, oratory curated to the last detail, designed to resonate with individual ethos and fears, potentially shifting the many into a paradigm crafted by the few.

Read more: https://ytech.news/en/when-artificial-intelligence-steers-the-ballot-the-dark-art-of-chatgpt-and-voter-influence/

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Batman artist accused of using AI for comic book art

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DC Comics has been accused of using AI to generate Batman imagery in a new comic on social media.

The claims originate from a thread from Twitter/X user James Leech, who took to the platform to argue that AI-generated artwork may have been utilised in the new publication which is part of the Joker: Year One story arc.

The comments were made specifically about DC Comics’ Batman #143 edition. The comic was written by Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino and Giuseppe Camuncoli

Read more: https://www.indy100.com/showbiz/batman-andrea-sorrentino-ai-art

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Upscaling AI Artwork to 4K

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NightCafe has introduced a new image enhancement and upscaling service. The service is still in alpha and is expensive to use. To access this AI you can join NightCafe Pro or purchase credits to the AI.

I am not receiving any financial gain or incentive for mentioning or writing about this NightCafe’s service.

Once you upload an image and description for enhancement and click “Go Pro To Continue,” you will be brought to a page to join NightCafe Pro or purchase credits to use the AI. The Credit Packs are available at the bottom of the NightCafe Pro sign-up page, so scroll to the bottom of the page to see them.

Read more: https://john-iovine.medium.com/upscaling-ai-artwork-to-4k-277521d5f21e

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