Can AI Replace Artists?

Believe it or not, Artificial Intelligence or AI has become a key part of our lives. From drafting an email to driving a vehicle, it has started to impact our lives in a very real sense. What’s more, is that it’s making a mark in the world of artists. A recent proof was when an AI art piece called “Portrait of Edmond Belamy” was auctioned for $432,500.

So, can AI replace artists? We try to figure it out.

Over the last 50 years, many artists have written computer programs that can help generate art. In this process, a person writes detailed code and has a visual outcome in mind. Now, AI and machine learning technologies are used, and computers are getting more autonomy in producing images.

For creating AI art, artists write algorithms that don’t follow a set of rules. Instead, to “learn” a specific aesthetic that is done by analyzing thousands of images. After that, the algorithm tries to generate new images that adhere to the aesthetics it has learned. Most of the AI artworks that have been created in the last few years have used GANs or generative adversarial networks that are a class of algorithms. There are two sides to them. The first generates random images while the other judges the images and decides which aligns best with the input.

What’s AICAN?

One of the programs that can create art is AICAN, Artificial intelligence creative adversarial network. It could be assumed as a nearly autonomous artist. It has learned existing styles and aesthetics, and hence it can easily generate innovative images of its own. People like the work produced by AICAN and often fail to tell the difference between an art generated by AICAN and a human artist. About 75% of the time, people couldn’t tell the difference. They genuinely enjoyed the art generated by Ai and sued words like inspiring or having a visual structure or even communicative when they were asked to describe AICAN’s work.

Since October 2017, AICAN’s work has been exhibited at Frankfurt, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City venues. A separate set of images were used for each show. At each of the shows, people were curious to know who the artist was.

The Limitations of AI

Though AI has progressed a lot, something is missing in it. The algorithms might create compelling images, but it lives in an isolated creative space that doesn’t have a social context. In contrast, human artists are inspired by people, politics, and places. Their art tells stories and makes sense of the world we live in.

All in all, it can be said that no, machine learning and AI cannot replace artists. They can be useful tools for real artists that can help them excel at what they do best. Human artists should embrace this technology to create masterpieces that all art lovers might enjoy one day.

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by Shruti , CNS Canadian News Source



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