“Frontiers Talk: Art in the Age of AI: Can Computers Create Art?” by Hertzmann

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    Frontiers Talk: Art in the Age of AI: Can Computers Create Art?



    Can AI algorithms make art, and be considered artists? Within the past decade, the growth of new neural network algorithms has enabled exciting new artforms with considerable public interest, including DeepDream, GANs, VAEs, and diffusion models like DALL-E and Imagen. These tools raise recurring questions about their status as creators and their effect on the arts. In this talk, I will discuss how these developments parallel the development of previous artistic technologies, like oil paint, photography, and traditional computer graphics. I argue that art is a social phenomenon, and discuss possible—but very unlikely—scenarios for when these algorithms could someday be considered artists.


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