October 3, 2019 by Michelle M.
AI art is created by machine learning. Programmers write algorithms that analyze thousands of images, and the computer ‘learns’ an aesthetic from those images. From that, it generates a new image. In other words, much of the result is left up to chance.
The first question asked among the art community is, of course, "are pieces created by algorithms even art"? The next question becomes, "who is the real artist — the computer or the programmer"?
There is thought and intent behind that, just no guarantee of outcome. But this still involves an artist and their tools working together to create something unique and visually appealing. In its true essence, isn’t that art?
Some purists will argue that these works will always lack that personal touch that a machine could never reproduce. With traditional art, you can often get a sense of the artist’s inspiration from people, their senses, and the world around them. But, remember, that was the argument against photography as an art form in the beginning, too.
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