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Artificial Intelligence Can't Inspire You

 AI seems poised to transform how audiences interact with art through technology. Creative professionals throughout the creative industry have held celebrations, winks, and nods in the background of endless AI experiments. AI can help designers and illustrators visualize their next drawings and animations, but it has yet to truly inspire the crowds by making art feel more human. Where have the creators of AI hopes and dreams—the trailers, promo videos, T-shirts, and more—gone?

AI is treading carefully, with limited movement beyond art itself. Ads are few and far between, and the AI community hasn't used its power to remotely capture attention. For better or worse, artists have become the AI marketing mavens. AI hasn't figured out the magic formula that turns creativity into sales, and it hasn't moved into the art market with anyone's aid. Now that the art world's already adopted AI, the future of art hasn't even been thought about, let alone created.

If AI is poised to make the art world even more interactive, how will it be able to conquer the art of, you know, making art?


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Art+Tech Summit at Christie’s: The A.I. Revolution

With the rise of the robotic assistants that whisk and sketch at your command, they may soon take a step closer to being the ones you travel with. From swiping a card for a hotel room to selecting dinner menus for a meal at your own table, some of our increasingly automated devices already give us a taste of what the future will hold.

This year, at the inaugural Art+Tech Summit at Christie’s, an audience of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and artists will explore how to preserve the future’s appeal, honor the longevity of the form, and put into practice the best practices we’ve learned from decades of futurism. The summit will be moderated by Evan Solomon, president of artist and organization First Thing Institute.

The summit at Christie’s hopes to showcase how technology can stimulate the imagination and engender empathy toward the human condition. Through inspirational panel discussions, intimate artist conversations, and A.I. exhibits, visitors will delve deep into art, science, business, and tech.

Speakers at the Summit include the inventor of the Turing test, Doug Bowman; Isaac Asimov creator of science-fiction dystopias, Ray Bradbury; and the creator of life-and-death abilities in Google Brain, Vint Cerf. Inviting workshops also ensure that attendees have lots of time to ponder what technological advancements mean for the future of art and creativity.

The summit will be the most visual event of its kind in the U.S. This Friday-Saturday, tickets are discounted to $40 for members, and $125 for the general public. Purchase early and get the best deal by using the code ART+TECH2019.


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AI is Driving us Away From Nature, One Scientist Argues

Artificial intelligence has become increasingly intertwined with how we live, work and enjoy ourselves. From applications of AI in image recognition and image mapping, to the proliferation of smart speakers and personal assistants, the use of AI in society is on the rise. It has become so familiar that its, shall we say, part of the furniture. In the weekly business affairs segment on the popular tech podcast ClickHole, this was what several of the guests had to say about the topic.

The premise of AI Art is that we have steadily become a culture of image processors. Our perceptions of the world are influenced by our visual cognition, and the technology that allows us to perceive that information is another tool that facilitates our viewpoint. Is this a morally neutral process or an evil one? Should a scientist be able to determine a potentially strong dis-incentive of beauty through algorithmic tools? These were some of the questions explored. After a panel discussion on the subject hosted by Silicon Valley-based tech reporter Anna Kessler, a heated argument ensued.

Mark Vernon, a British technologist and author who also hosts a show about AI, was rather unequivocal in his conclusion. He believes we already have the edge over nature, and that the use of AI is only going to make it harder for nature to make things by itself. “The biologist’s job is to understand nature,” he said. “The man’s job is to provide the means by which nature can do it.”

Meanwhile, New York-based psychologist Anna Coto observed that in the hands of an AI researcher, “beauty is less obvious to us because it’s so unnatural.” She argued that our natural connection to nature is exciting, and that humans “are just so interested in the grand sweep of the natural world.” But, she added, it’s not technology that drives people away from nature, but rather science itself. When the interest is purely artificial, people retreat further, she said. “No wonder you can’t get water out of a tap anymore,” she said.

It’s a thorough debate that’s worthy of a full, thoughtful response. But at the end of the day, it turned out there isn’t really a debate. Yes, some might disagree, but they’re not going to succeed.

Read the full story at The Wrap.


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Artificial Intelligence is a Complex Ecosystem

Artificial intelligence is a complex ecosystem in which complexity is built into the very things that are supposed to be autonomous. It’s built into the fact that machines can teach themselves—and don’t simply follow instructions like robots do today. We’ve seen this with language translations that don’t always follow polite niceties, but which are so accurate that they’re a useful replacement for human-made languages.

There’s this unfortunate idea that AI is inherently flawed, or that humans should prepare for the fact that machines could outsmart them. Because things can go wrong, correct them and then get smarter.

Tough to argue with that. And yet, on the same side of that polarizing view, there are those of us who, despite our hopes and wishful thinking, are of the opinion that AI is as flawed as humans, as complex as our own blunders, and as messy as the human condition. It would be naive to conclude that machine learning and AI will always be without its proverbial pitfalls—or that these pitfalls will be exact copies of the human way. In the era of AI, that’s not the goal, but it’s not so trivial to disentangle the black and white goodness from the gray stuff that doesn’t quite make sense to the naked eye.

Artificial intelligence is often painted as a bogeyman by those for whom the abstract or esoteric hold the potential to drive them mad. It’s seen as the end of all that, a slippery slope to complete robot control.

But it’s not clear that we’re really headed toward true robot supremacy, or for that matter all humanity.


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AI Art Market is Red Hot, Growing 50% Each Year

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The field of artificial intelligence is about to become significantly larger, more important, and more lucrative than just a few years ago. “Artificial intelligence is the next big thing,” says Hank Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University. He anticipates AI selling at or near $10 trillion by 2050. That’s significant not only for AI’s new creations, but also its potential market for products of its own — specifically, AI-powered artwork.

A new field has emerged on the global art market, with AI software allowing artists to present their works to the public. Despite the more-than-absurdly high prices typically paid for AI artworks, the market is booming. According to a new report by investment bank UBS, AI art is already a $5.8 billion-per-year business. In fact, the annual growth rate of AI-powered art is so fast that it could surpass the pace of the budding market for similar digital content, i.e. music, movies, and mobile apps. “Art is the ideal marketplace for AI,” the report’s authors note. “Artists need to figure out how to display AI art and then how to reach buyers.”

Artificial intelligence can transform art entirely by making it less laborious and thus more practical for the general public. “People think AI is a scary thing,” Michael Downes, CEO of art start-up Netviewer, told UBS. “AI art is neither.”

Artists have already begun to experiment with AI. Some have used AI to create images of random game pieces, a la Alice in Wonderland, or to simulate the colors and sensations of dancing. One startup uses AI to animate film scenes, or as it puts it, to “animate a beloved classic into the future.” Even more alarming for human artists? The applications of AI are just beginning to be realized.

Back in April, for example, Con Ritucci, a Brooklyn-based artist, created a piece of AI-generated photography using data from the field of infomation analysis. For example, he was able to create a photograph that would have “looked silly” in real life. With his AI, however, it became perfectly accurate. The result: The strange-looking, glow-in-the-dark green line that radiates from the floor is now accurately depicted as a “candy striped dog.”