251: AI & Art: The Future of Creativity? with Steve Hoffman

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with host artist Miriam Schulman


If you’ve been anywhere on the internet in the past months, you probably noticed the rise in discussions about AI. Whether it’s the AI pictures everyone’s posted on their Instagram or the increase in the buzz about Chat GPT, AI isn’t a topic you can miss. But with the rise of AI comes the rise of concern over the impact it could have for artists and creatives. To talk more about creativity and art, Steve Hoffman is joining us today. 

Steve is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors. Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books, including Make Elephants Fly, Surviving a Startup, and The Five Forces. 

“Art without opinions is just a pretty picture.” – Steve Hoffman 

Steve is confident that AI won’t replace artists and creatives. And all those pretty pictures you see? They’re just pretty pictures. They aren’t art. AI is limited. 

In this podcast, you will discover…

But what are the limitations of AI? And what sets these “pretty pictures” apart from art? Steve discusses more of these topics: 

  • AI can’t have opinions, and all art has to come from opinions that allow it to impact people. 
  • All AI is biased according to the data it’s been fed, and these limits may not be true for the artist. 
  • Eventually, if you use AI enough times, everything it creates starts to look and sound the same, and that unique creativity is not something AI will be capable of having. 

And Steve’s advice to artists? Don’t dismiss AI. It’s a tool you can utilize to create art you haven’t been able to create before. 

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About Steven

Steve Hoffman (Captain Hoff) is the Chairman & CEO of Founders Space, a global innovation hub for entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors, with over 50 partners in 22 countries.

Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. These include “Make Elephants Fly” (published by Hachette), “Surviving a Startup” (published by HarperCollins), and “The Five Forces” (published by BenBella).

In addition, Hoffman served on the Board of Governors of the New Media Council, was the founder and Chairman of the Producers Guild Silicon Valley Chapter, and was a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group.

While in Hollywood, Hoffman worked as a TV development executive at Fries Entertainment, which produced over a hundred TV shows, acquired by MGM. He went on to pioneer interactive television with his venture-funded startup Spiderdance, which produced interactive TV shows with NBC, MTV, Turner, Warner Brothers, History Channel, Game Show Network, and others.

In Silicon Valley, Hoffman founded several startups, in the areas of games and entertainment, and worked as Mobile Studio Head for Infospace, with such hit mobile games as Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Tomb Raider, Thief, Hitman, Skee-Ball, and X-Files.

Hoffman went on to launch Founders Space, with the mission to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. Founders Space has become one of the top startup hubs in the world. Hoffman has trained hundreds of startup founders and corporate executives in the art of innovation and provided consulting to many of the world’s largest corporations, including Qualcomm, Huawei, Bosch, Intel, Disney, Warner Brothers, NBC, Gulf Oil, Siemens, and Viacom.

Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of California and a master’s degree in film and television from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in California but spends most of his time in the air, visiting startups, investors, and innovators all over the world.
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About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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