Ammaar Reshi, a product manager for a Silicon Valley fintech company, decided to use AI tools, ChatGPT for text and Midjourney for images, to create a book that he would give as a gift to his friend’s kids.
He spent a weekend to generate both text and illustrations, and self-publish the ebook version on Amazon.
The book, called Alice and Sparkle, explores the incredible abilities of artificial intelligence tools and “the importance of using them for good.”
It’s currently #7 best-selling title in the Children’s Computers & Technology Books category, and #338 in Children’s Literature overall.
When Reshi shared his experience on Twitter, he initially received positive feedback, but then artists started to take part in a conversation, and many accused him of theft.
It’s worth noting that Ammaar Reshi says is loud a clear that the book was created with the help of AI. He credits ChatGPT as co-author, and Midjourney as illustrator.
He also included a disclaimer on the back cover: “This book was also co-created using AI tools to both aid in writing and illustration and is the first of its kind to do so.”
Alice and Sparkle started an important discussion around how the creators and users of AI tools have a responsibility to protect original artists and their work.
More info: This man used AI to write and illustrate a children’s book in one weekend – Business Insider
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