Artificial Intelligence is no longer a thing of the future or the subject of science fiction stories, but instead, a real and tangible part of our everyday lives. As AI moves through our feeds, our daily routines, and apps and gadgets, the boundaries between human-made and machine-made becomes increasingly blurred. This has led to a major change in how we interact and experience the world around us, including how we perceive art and creativity.
It is not shocking, in this case, to say that AI is forever changing the creative landscape. And while discourse around this topic usually lingers and harps on the negative aspects of such a shift, I actually think that this change in the creative landscape is not actually a bad thing.
Systems for machine learning are developed and trained using data that is related to human activity. But what they can produce is frequently beyond our comprehension and wildest dreams.
While AI has been blowing everyone’s mind with what it can do in terms of functional tasks (though at times taking it too far like how Alexa will soon be able to mimic voices of the dead), a more or less overlooked aspect is the fact that it can actually create—something that was once considered an exclusively human trait. Take, for example, Ai-Da, the world’s first AI humanoid artist that made history as a poet. Though Ai-Da is not the only robot that has been autonomous in terms of art creation, it definitely was the one that made it to major news outlets.
This was the first instance where humans realized that AI can actually fully master the creative process, even though many questions arose about whether or not the process is restricted to what humans define it to be (seeing as humans are the ones building and programming these robots).
The advancement of AI has started to modify and support creative processes as well as challenge what we consider to be “creative thinking,” and it is quickly encroaching on every aspect of our daily lives. And this is definitely not a bad thing. In a world where one can’t reinvent the creative wheel, this may be the start of a whole new era of artistic creation, one that challenges outdated notions of what we know art and creativity to be.
AI is fostering a new environment for creative opportunity by using its capacity to quickly generate answers to challenging issues and understand human ingenuity from enormous datasets.
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