Can AI create art?


Author: Nikita Kosmin


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In recent years, we've seen so many applications for AI that we probably won't be able to imagine life without it soon. In fact, that's already the case. What would our lives be like without computers? Aside from the obvious, AI is behind so many things we do, as well as things we dream about. How about robot dogs with sniper rifles, real androids that can carry on an interesting conversation, and flying cabs? Now that AI has started writing music, answering the famous question posed by Will Smith's character in "I, Robot," we're left with an obvious one: what happens when AI tries to create art? 

In our previous blog, we referred to Roland Barthes' book Death of the Author when trying to define the nature of art. For Barthes, real art should be completely detached from the author of the work, leaving only the subjective reaction of the viewer. According to another definition, art is something that causes the viewer to pause, to look, to empathise, and to be inspired to reflect (ideally, to religious reverence). By these criteria, art created by AI (which, by the way, is already on the market) is clearly legitimate. It's definitely fascinating and not only inspires feverish interpretations of the underlying concept, but also arouses strong feelings about the world of which we immediately a part after glancing at the mesmerising jagged lines that form these breathtaking views:


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To answer the question, as far as we’re concerned, art created by AI fulfils all of our criteria to say the least. This art is real, and, like the wonders of nature it imitates, it’s inexplicable and stunning.


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