Rutkowski was surprised at first but thought it could be a good way to reach a new audience. Then he tries to search his name to see if a piece of work he has done has been published. An online search turned up work bearing his name but not his.
“Only a month. What about in a year? I probably won’t be able to find my job out there because [the internet] will be flooded with AI art,” said Rutkowski. “It’s related.”
Stability.AI, the company that built the Stable Diffusion System, trained the model on the LAION-5B dataset compiled by the German non-profit organization LAION. LAION gathers data together and narrows it down by filter out watermarked Andy Baio, a technologist and writer who downloaded and analyzed some data of Diffusion Stabilization. Baio analyzed 12 million of the 600 million images used to train models and found that a large portion of them came from third-party sites like Pinterest and art shopping sites like Fine Art America.
Much of Rutkowski’s artwork has been obtained from ArtStation, a site where a lot of artists upload their online portfolios. His popularity as a reminder of AI stems from a number of reasons.
First, his cool and ethereal style looks great. He is also very good and many of his illustrations are available online in high enough quality, so there are plenty of examples to choose from. An original text-to-image generator called Disco Diffusion offer Rutkowski as an example reminder.
Rutkowski also added alt text in English when uploading his work online. These image descriptions are useful for people with visual impairments using screen reading software, and they also help search engines rank images. This also makes them easy to scrape, and the AI model knows which images are relevant to the prompt.