The Rise of the AI Artists

Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used in science and technology. But can it actually be creative?

Gunnar De Winter
May 6, 2020 · 5 min read
(Wikimedia commons, Claudio Moderini)

The creative leap

In previous posts, we have considered artificial intelligence/machine learning in a few different contexts (genetic enhancement, mental health, and ‘doing’ science).

In whose image?

A field in which AI has made substantial progress in the last few years is image recognition. Sure, its still has ways to go, but the increasing cloud capacity, new neural network architectures, and our reckless abandon with throwing pictures online have proven to be a fertile training ground for machine learning.

CAN-generated art, highest rated examples by human observers. (From: CAN: Creative Adversarial Networks, Generating ‘Art’ by Learning About Styles and Deviating from Style Norms. arXiv:1706.07068)

Writing a bestseller

Language is another field in which AI/machine learning has made great strides lately. Google Translate went from ‘hahaha’ to ‘not too bad, actually understandable’ quite quickly (depending on the language you’re translating to/from).

Hybrid teams

Even though it’s hard to define, it still feels as though the AI artistic efforts thus far are lacking something. Let’s call it ‘some humanity’. The ineffable sense of wonder (or existential dread) encapsulated in great art, perhaps.

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