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10 Ways A.I. is Making Art Better Instead of Worse.

Joseph Douglas
Jun 26, 2019 · 7 min read

What if I told you that Art & Artificial Intelligence went together like Peanut Butter & Jelly? You probably would scoff at such a proclamation, because Art and technology have nothing to do with each other, right? WRONG. The truth of the matter is; artists, us included, frequently use artificial intelligence to further our art; sometimes without even knowing it.

This technology & the myriad tools it produces, are playing an increasingly meaningful role in the conceptualization, design and fabrication life cycle. So much so, many artists & those who support them, aren’t fully aware of the deep and substantial impact of artificial intelligence tools on their work. Here are 10 ways that AI is used in artistic fields to create amazing things.

  1. Ensuring 3D Prints Aren’t Pitiful: Advanced Artifacts uses 3D printers to create casts for the we create and sell on our website. However, before our designs are printed, we use AI tools to optimize the structure of ‘supports’ in order to ensure that our print comes out with the highest levels of accuracy possible. Once the supports are crafted our designs can be printed & subsequently realized in metal.
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2. Conquering Complexity with Creative Robotics. : Using our Pet drawing Robot (We call it Pablo) — we draw highly detailed , incredibly accurate drawings. By using the extreme precision available through robotics, we’re able to offer a hand drawn feeling, without any of the inconsistency (or arthritis) of drawing hyper-detailed patterns by hand.

3. Seeing our Imagination Through Photorealistic Rendering: Many of us interact with computer generated images daily, and increasingly often, we cannot distinguish a real photograph, from a computer generated one. This is due principally to the ever-advancing field of Photorealistic Rendering technology, which use lighting algorithms to calculate & optimize the distribution of light and shadows over virtual objects, so that they are represented the same way a physical object would. Artists know the importance of being able to communicate their vision and are often reliant on this technology to help them communicate ideas and concepts to stakeholders before their work is physically initiated.

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4. Generating Jewelry With A.I. & Computer Graphics: Artificial Intelligence is rapidly transcending the digital world and making it’s presence felt in the physical medium. One way that is happening is through the design of jewelry. At Advanced Artifacts, we use our proprietary AI tools to cultivate muses, and interesting patterns, which serve as base-line inspiration for our work.

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5. Preserving Art History through Photogrammetry (3D Scanning): Nothing lasts forever, especially not physical art made thousands of years ago. This is what inspires millions of people to travel; hoping to experience the wonders of the world with their own eyes, while they still can. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the opportunity to travel, or worse yet, travel when it’s already too late. Luckily, imaging technologies such as photo-real 3D Scanning are allowing us to capture elements of artistic history before it’s too late, with breathtaking detail and clarity. These digital assets can then be experienced in 3D or VR from anywhere in the world, and better still, used as reference models for repairs to the historic sites we know and love.

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6. Structural Stability Through Simulation: Lately, the world of architecture has undergone a significant change in the ideal aesthetic of buildings. From simple, functional structures, to fascinating ones, that seamlessly integrate art & utility into shared space. Architecture is increasingly artistic today, with sharp design and bold choices. However, a beautiful design is meaningless if it can’t be developed into a reliable & safe structure to host human life. That’s why leading architects increasingly utilize artificial intelligence to analyze their designs. Tools like Autodesk Robot can calculate the structural stability of a buildings frame under various conditions, thus allowing designers and builders to revisit their plans & accommodate for scenarios and areas of increased risk. They collaborate with their teams and with the technology to find better ways of supporting their structures, without compromising on the overall aesthetic goal.

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7. Increased Optionality Through G.A.N.: When artists, designers & engineers are working on new products or pieces, they often iterate…. Like a lot. This rapid iteration leads to many rough approximations of their core idea, and through many options, they become closer to finding the ideal version. Generative Adversarial Networks have recently been leveraged to rapidly increase the speed with which creatives can iterate on designs. By giving the program a series of influences and constraints, the computer will pump out hundreds of slightly different variations, allowing the creative to choose the best versions, and work from there to improve it.

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8. Lighter, Righter Objects Through Lattice Structures: Preserving resources is important to everyone nowadays, and that is especially true for artists and other makers. If a sculptor is crafting a new piece, they might consider how they can use 3D printing & internal lattice structures to reduce the amount of material they need, without compromising on strength or durability. Such techniques are already being utilized in engineering & design with fantastic results.

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9. New Music Through Machine Intelligence: If you’re an aspiring musician, you probably don’t have access to the world-class studios or the legendary producers who you admire. You probably have a laptop & a few (potentially pirated) software applications. In the future, however, those applications will be able to rival the production capacity of even the most sophisticated studios. Will — I — Am, a well-known musician & futurist is reportedly working on new technology that could listen to the commands of the user verbally, and execute their wishes musically. For example: “Play the first 10 seconds of drums from X Song and mix it with the flute portion Y Song, and loop that for 60 seconds …. And add in sporadic bass. “ . If you are as amazed as I am by the creative sounds of today, then you’re in luck because the future of music is certainly bright… sonically speaking that is.

10. Democratizing Creativity w/ Deep Learning: AI is increasingly popular in artistic areas such as drawing & image creation. Google’s Quick Draw & Autodraw Technologies is an example of this. Using advanced neural networks, the system attempts to guess what the user is drawing, or in the case of Autodraw will automatically fill it in with it’s best version of that shape or object. While this technology is in it’s infancy today, it’s future is bright, and will likely play a significant role in how people rapidly articulate concepts in the future. Imagine explaining something on a whiteboard of the future, drawing things out, and magically watching your stick figures & imperfect circles become works of art right in front of your eyes, allowing you to communicate more clearly & retaining the attention of your audience, by allowing them to focus on your ideas, rather than attempting to figure out what that group of squiggly lines is supposed to represent.

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Hopefully, by reading this post, you have a new understanding of how A.I. Technology & tools are being deployed to create and facilitate the creation of art. If you’d like to have your own AI art, check out our store to see our insanely awesome collection of generative jewelry & AI Art (AI Paintings). Until next time, this is Joe, signing off.

This article was originally published by , where we’re Putting the Art in Artificial Intelligence.

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