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Computers Do Not Make Art, People Do

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We live in an age of amazing new visual art created with artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The recent wave began with neural stylization apps and the trippy, evocative DeepDream. Many fine artists now work with neural network algorithms, creating high-profile works appearing in major venues.1

Together with these new developments comes the hype: technologists who claim that their algorithms are artists and journalists who suggest that computers are creating art on their very own. These discussions usually betray a lack of understanding about art, about AI, or both.


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