The Relationship Between Art and Artificial Intelligence

Beth Jochim
Dec 9, 2020 · 2 min read

The AI Art Corner #7

Beth Jochim, creative AI lead Libre AI and writer; Twitter: @_bblurred

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The article titled How AI and Art Hold Each Other Accountable, written by Beth Jensen for the blog of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) — where Dr. Fei-Fei Li and Dr. John Etchemendy are Denning Co-Directors — presents some interesting ideas about the roles that art and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can play in improving the creation of better technology.

The two areas seem to share a valuable relationship. According to Professor Michele Elam, who is also associated director for HAI, art and tech “are more often mutually informing and holding each other to account.”

On one hand, an artistic practice can help discovering biases, inequity and other issues that our society faces with the use of technology; on the other hand, new technologies are reshaping the very concepts of art and artists, becoming tools, mediums and partners in the creative process.

In the article, Professor Elam explains that important collaborations between artists and engineers in the creation of new products are already happening. As she says, “The arts and humanities are informed and motivated by different frameworks and models than profit and can contribute ideas that are human-centered.” The humanities, therefore, could contribute greatly to redefine what it means to be human in an age where machines are becoming more and more important.

Elam’s Art+AI course is scheduled to start in the next spring and will bring together undergraduate students from the humanities and sciences to collaborate on AI-related arts projects. According to the Professor, this collaboration will show (hopefully) the importance of a constructive dialogue between the two areas.

The full article is available at this link:

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