Last year a portrait of Edmond Belamy sold for $432,000 (£337,000).
A bit steep, you might think, for a picture of someone you’ve never heard of. And you won’t have heard of the artist either, as the picture was created by an algorithm drawing on a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th Centuries.
And to be honest, it’s a bit rubbish.
The sale, which astonished auction house Christie’s, raised many important questions. Can a computer, devoid of human emotion, ever be truly creative? Is this portrait really art? Does any of that matter if people are prepared to pay for it?
And as artificial intelligence evolves and eventually perhaps reaches or surpasses human level intelligence, what will this mean for human artists and the creative industries in general?
Source: BBC Technology News
Date: April 26th, 2019
- “In 2017, one of DeepMind’s AI programmes beat the world’s number one player of Go, an ancient and highly complex Chinese board game, after apparently mastering creative new moves and innovative strategies within days.
Google would say that was creativity – new ways of finding solutions that it was not taught.” What do you think counts as creativity?
2. Does creativity have to solely come from humans to actually be creativity?