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Student art prize revoked over AI usage

Student art prize revoked over AI usage

2024-04-01

The top prize in a student art competition has been revoked over the use of artificial intelligence. A student recently won first place in a competition held by New Taipei’s Fu-hsin Trade and Arts School. But the piece was quickly accused of being AI generated, in a violation of contest rules. Although the school initially backed the student, it’s now confirmed the use of AI and punished the student with a minor demerit.

The Monkey King wields his golden-banded staff, perched atop the Dragon King. This piece won first prize in the digital art category of a contest held by Fu-hsin Trade and Arts School. It was accused of not being original but AI generated, in a violation of contest rules.

The work’s authenticity was hotly debated online, prompting the artist to share early drafts on social media, along with the caption: “You all stop being jealous.” The artist also shared a screen recording of the work’s creation process, joking that “AI generation was underway.” But the video only aroused more suspicion, as the artist was found to be using the software’s eraser function. Though the school initially believed the student, an investigation later determined that AI was used.

Liu Tsung-ming
Fu-hsin Trade and Arts School
Some of the judges did suspect AI. In the interest of protecting the student, our preliminary assessment was that it was fine. Later the student provided the drafts, and we inquired about the creation process, and how the tablet had been used to sketch the image and so on. There were some aspects of the work that the student couldn’t clearly account for. After the explanations, we think that about 70% of the work is AI-generated.

The school disqualified the artwork and punished the student with a minor demerit. But rumor has it that a major demerit was given to the person who first accused the work of being AI-generated. The school has denied the allegation.

Liu Tsung-ming
Fu-hsin Trade and Arts School
The student who used AI in the artwork faced harassment online. Calling out the artwork is not a problem, but if it leads to online bullying, then we have to mete out discipline, because we are an educational institution after all. But no, at present we have not imposed any punishments.

The school says that no punishment was carried out on the accuser, but it called for online users to maintain good etiquette. What began as a simple student competition has made national news, and shown how hard it can be to tell human creativity from AI art.

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復興商工美展首獎"七成以AI生成" 校方撤銷資格

2024-04-01

知名的復興商工日前舉辦校內美展,卻被爆出電繪類第一名作品,竟然是用AI繪圖違反比賽規定,第一時間校方採信學生說法,但風波在網路上引發熱議,最後請來學生和家長說明後證實,有七成都是透過AI生成,校方決定撤銷資格。不過傳出檢舉的吹哨者遭記大過處分,校方澄清並無此事。

孫悟空拿著金箍棒踩著龍頭,這幅作品是復興商工校內美展,電繪類第一名,卻被質疑並非原創作品,而是透過AI生成,明顯違反比賽規範。

網路輿論炸鍋後,得獎的學生在個人社群PO出草稿寫下,"別再眼紅了各位",更放上做圖過程並自嘲是AI生圖,卻被網友發現,它繪畫用的竟然是"橡皮擦"功能,十分可疑。校方最初雖然採信學生說法,但找來當事人和家長說明後,證實的確使用了AI。

[[復興商工教務主任 劉聰明]]
“評審當中就有人覺得疑似(使用AI),基於保護學生,初步看的時候,感覺他應該是OK,(後來說明)有提供草稿圖,我們要他分析整個製作過程,進到平板怎麼去畫等等,但他某些部分交代不清楚,經過他的解釋,應該有七成是用AI”

校方除了取消得獎作品資格,也將創作的高二學生記小過處分,不過網路上傳出連檢舉的吹哨者也將被校方記大過,理由是因為損毀校譽,校方特別澄清。

[[復興商工教務主任 劉聰明]]
“這個(使用AI的) 學生在網路當中接受到一些霸凌,我想吹哨是沒什麼關係,但是如果牽涉到網路上霸凌也是要教育,因為畢竟學校是教育的一環,目前我所知道是沒有處分”

校方澄清沒有處分吹哨者,卻又提醒應該加倍注重禮節和心存善念。原本單純的學生美展,卻因AI和創作的分界沒拿捏好,意外鬧上新聞版面。

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