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Takashi Murakami loves and fears AI

Neo-pop art icon Takashi Murakami is known for his love of technology and was an early adopter of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. However, even he is concerned about becoming obsolete due to the rise of AI.

Murakami’s colorful paintings, inspired by traditional Japanese art and modern anime, have sold for millions of dollars, graced prestigious institutions, and inspired fashion collaborations with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Kanye West. Although his disruptive approach can sometimes put him at odds with Japan’s art establishment, he embraces change and welcomes the disruption AI will bring.
At the opening of a new exhibition in Paris, he compared the impending AI wave to the advent of the Apple II computer in the 1980s that transformed the design industry. While he acknowledges that AI may harm technical professions, he believes it will not stifle creative ideas.

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