Myths and Misconceptions about AI in Advertising

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Rembrand Team
June 7, 2024
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As artificial intelligence continues to develop and gain prominence in the world of advertising, misconceptions and myths have emerged, often fueled by oversimplified narratives or exaggerated claims. In this rapidly evolving landscape, it's crucial for marketers, advertisers, and executives to separate fact from fiction and develop a realistic and balanced understanding of AI's current capabilities and limitations.

Myth 1: AI Will Replace Humans In Advertising

While AI has already begun to transform many aspects of advertising processes, it's crucial to understand that AI is not a replacement for human expertise and creativity. Instead, AI should be viewed as a powerful tool that can augment and complement human capabilities in advertising. AI should be used as a tool to kickstart and develop projects, rather than completely create them.

Machines excel at processing vast amounts of data, identifying patterns, and automating repetitive tasks. However, humans bring emotional intelligence, cultural context, and strategic thinking that is essential for crafting authentic and impactful advertising campaigns. By combining the strengths of AI with human creativity and expertise, brands can unlock new possibilities and deliver advertising experiences that resonate with consumers.

It is true that AI can be prompted to use a human-like voice in its writing, and that this will improve in the advertising space as more training data is created. However, consumers are also getting sharper at determining which posts are written by AI, and some hold a negative sentiment to texts they perceive as completely written by it. Use AI as a tool, not as a replacement.

Myth 2: AI Generates Flawless Ad campaigns

Advances in AI have opened up new possibilities for content generation and personalization. However, it's important to recognize that AI is not a magic solution for creating flawless ad campaigns. AI systems are built on data and algorithms, which can have inherent biases or limitations.

For example, an AI model trained on a narrow or biased dataset may produce biased outputs or fail to capture the full complexity of human experiences. This is where human oversight and expertise become crucial. Advertisers must carefully evaluate AI-generated content, identify potential biases or blindspots, and ensure that campaigns resonate with their target audiences in an authentic and ethical manner.

Myth #3: AI Eliminates the Need for Artists

The last two years have seen the rise of open source and easily accessible media generation models, including DALL-E and Stable Diffusion. These models use training data sets from artists to generate images in a similar style as popular artists. In the past, media generation models often created obvious mistakes pointed out by consumers (extra hands or fingers, hallucinations, and incorrect texturing). While these obvious mistakes are less frequent due to larger data sets and more developed technology, the trained eye often can and will point out inconsistencies made by AI, especially in online forums. 

Currently, AI is best utilized for other purposes in advertising, such as stock media. Rembrand’s Regenerative Fusion™ for example creates simplistic yet eye-catching animations within creator videos. It should not be used to replace artists and content creators in audience spaces where authenticity and the culture of art is highly valued, as there are countless examples of brands losing reputation for attempting to pass off AI art as hand-made. 

By  developing a realistic understanding of AI's capabilities and limitations, advertisers can navigate the hype and leverage this transformative technology to its fullest potential. Embracing a balanced and pragmatic approach, one that harmonizes AI's strengths with human expertise, will be key to unlocking the true power of AI in advertising and delivering exceptional brand experiences that resonate with audiences.

by Dilan Luo