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Art and The Science of Generative AI

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It remains an open question how the aesthetics of generative AI outputs will affect artistic outputs.

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One prominent application of generative AI is the production of high-quality artistic media for visual arts, concept art, music, and literature, as well as video and animation. The generative capabilities of these tools are likely to fundamentally alter the creative processes by which creators formulate ideas and put them into production.

Generative AI tools, at first glance, seem to fully automate artistic production — an impression that mirrors past instances when traditionalists viewed new technologies as threatening "art itself." In fact, these moments of technological change did not indicate the "end of art," but had much more complex effects, recasting the roles and practices of creators and shifting the aesthetics of contemporary media.

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