Machinic Virtuosity: AI and Creativity, from Art to Surgery
By Mark Olson
AI has been traditionally discussed in terms of intelligence and cognition, and yet recent advances in machine learning have found application in the creative arts. Algorithms can now readily transform photographs into painterly images that mimic the style of well-known artists or produce original images that range from evocative and beautiful to merely strange and incoherent. To what extent can a computer be said to be creative? To begin to answer this question requires that we probe the nature of human creativity and its relation to rules, procedures, and repetition.
This conversation will explore the (im)possibility of computational creativity through the figures of the artist and the surgeon. Is the “art" of art-making or surgery simply the application of skilled practice? Or does it involve something “more”? And is that “more” something that is exclusively human? Both are domains of virtuosity that nonetheless are poised to be transformed by computational automation. How steadfast should we be in our conviction that machines will never replace, only augment, human actors in these fields?
- The AI-Art Gold Rush Is Here with Ian Bogost
- Can AI be creative? with Sarvasv Kulpati
- The quest for AI creativity- IBM
- How AI is radically changing our definition of human creativity
- The Rise of AI Art—and What It Means for Human Creativity
- Machine Learning En Plein Air: Building accessible tools for artists
This class is part of our Digital Citizenship TrackSee the whole track
Electrify Your Gear
Sandra Bermond, Bendte Fagge
Light up your gear using LEDs and a coin cell battery in a wearable circuit that can be attached to clothing, bags, or anything else that can be sewn. Each attendee will be able to bring their circuit home with them.Learn More