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The impact of AI on creative industries: UK’s crucial roundtable discussion

November 22, 2023
Impact of AI on creative industries
Lucy Frazer (pictured) to lead a roundtable with creative industry leaders on the impact of AI. Photo: Flickr

Key Takeaways

  • UK’s roundtable on AI’s impact in creative industries.
  • The discussion topics revolve around ethical and copyright concerns.
  • Creatives’ concerns and proposals are being heard.

The impact of AI on creative industries is being discussed today in the UK. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer and leaders from music, film, and publishing will discuss this pressing topic.

Big names from Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music will be part of the roundtable. The aim is to explore how AI can protect artists’ rights and help creative industries grow.

“Creatives rightly have concerns and proposals about how their work is used by artificial intelligence now and in the future, and I want to hear them,” says Frazer in the UK Government’s official press release.

The UK, a leader in arts and entertainment, aims to further leverage AI. Frazer’s goal is to add £50 billion to creative industries by 2030. This means creating one million new jobs and Frazer believes AI can help.

“I believe that AI can help deliver these goals, but only if opportunities are developed responsibly and in lock-step with industry, which is the ambition behind today’s meeting.”

AI will reshape the music industry

Integrating AI into creative industries not only changes technology but also boosts the economy. It can improve how much work gets done and create new opportunities and jobs we can’t imagine yet.

Moreover, technological advancements have reshaped the music industry in the last decades. From changing how music is made, shared, and enjoyed, to empowering artists to create high-quality recordings at home. Even the internet and digital platforms have given artists opportunities to reach a global audience. AI can do this and much more. It is simply the next step in the industry.

What about the ethical concerns?

There are many ethical concerns that arise, especially when AI imitates human creativity and art. The arguments about AI creating fake versions of artists like Drake and The Weeknd show the challenge of blending technology and art.

It all comes down to authorship and originality. AI’s talent for creating art that closely resembles human-made work blurs the distinction between machine and human creativity.

This raises important questions. Who owns the rights to AI-created content that imitates existing artists? How can we protect artists’ rights and prevent unauthorized copying of their unique styles and voices?

These are all questions that should be discussed during the roundtable. By doing so, they should be able to develop a framework to protect copyright to ensure the impact of AI is positive.

Big plans from the UK Government

Earlier this year, the UK Government released the AI Regulation White Paper. The paper guides the use of artificial intelligence in the UK, hoping to drive responsible innovation and maintain public trust in this technology. This meeting is part of a bigger plan to work with the creative industries and paint a brighter picture of the impact of AI.

While AI offers economic growth and innovation in the UK’s creative sector, it requires careful navigation. To reach AI’s positive potential in creative industries, there needs to be a balance between leveraging the best of the technology, maintaining ethical systems, creating new economic opportunities, and listening to all parties. 

The UK seems to be ready to show the world how to use AI in creative industries in a smart way, and that is a great step towards a brighter future. Whether they manage to do it right or not is yet to be seen.

Sabrina Bonini

Sabrina Bonini is a content specialist, writer, and educator focused on Web3 and entrepreneurship. She started her career as an audio engineer and musician, and has been passionate about the intersection of music and cutting-edge technology since then.

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