William Shatner defends AI use in album cover

Actor advocates embracing technological progress and demands that critics prove any specific copyright violations.

Pop Culture & Art April 24, 2024

William Shatner, the legendary actor who first played Captain Kirk on screen, is stirring up another controversy of quantum proportions.  

Some social media users are blasting the 93-year-old for using AI-generated art for the cover of his latest music album, "Where Will the Animals Sleep" [sic]. 

The debate is a reflection of an ongoing rift in the entertainment world about the use of AI-created works.

Shatner unveiled the album cover on Sunday, featuring a digital rendering of himself amidst a diverse group of children and jungle animals. 

The reveal sparked backlash with some critics pointing to recent Hollywood strikes by actors and writers against AI, stating artists deserve respect and control over their craft. 

Others highlighted ongoing copyright infringement issues surrounding AI art generation.

Shatner didn't concede, demanding critics prove any specific copyright violations and arguing that artists have always found inspiration in the works of others. 

He advocated embracing technological progress, and ultimately stood by his artistic decision.

Shatner joins a growing list of high-profile entertainers, from Ye to Madonna, who incorporate AI visuals into their projects. 
Like them, he's weathered harsh criticism. However, unlike those who've deflected or issued vague statements, Shatner boldly engages his critics and stands unflinchingly by his embrace of this new technology.

It appears even at 93, Shatner still channels Kirk's unwavering spirit and futuristic outlook – traits likely appreciated by Star Trek's creator, Gene Roddenberry.


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