By Hemaja Burud
Algorithms reproduce content derived from human culture.
Recently, AI art programs like Craiyon (formerly DALL-E mini) and Midjourney have gained popularity online.
But do these AI tools actually display innovation, or are they merely brilliant imitators?
And what are the best ways to employ machine learning in artistic, creative, and design endeavors?
Evrim Yazgin, a scientific writer for Cosmos, discusses these issues with Professor Jon McCormack, a specialist in artificial intelligence.
Director of Monash University's SensiLab, in the Cosmos Magazine #96 article "Creativity and AI."
The winner of the annual art competition at the Colorado State Fair this year was Jason M. Allen's AI-generated work, "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial."
The artwork, however, wasn't created by Allen; rather, AI art tool Midjourney produced it.
Although Allen disclosed where the poem came from and submitted it as "Jason M. Allen through Midjourney,"
Even while technologies like Midjourney are impressive and debatable, they merely scratch the surface of AI art.
specialist in AI The director of Monash University's SensiLab, Professor Jon McCormack, thinks AI shouldn't be considered "intelligent," "creative," or "artistic."
According to McCormack, these systems act as sort of statistical windows on many facets of human civilization. McCormack emphasizes that the ideal use for AI is to support human creativity.
McCormack gives Evrim Yazgin a tour of SensiLab in Cosmos Magazine #96, where AI researchers are producing works of design and art.
Notable examples include a mirror that composes poetry based on the observer's emotion,
a machine that can mimic the beats of human drummers, as well as a tapestry inspired by the experiences of Australian female prisoners.