Art in the Age of Machine Intelligence by Blaise Aguera y Arcas

Art has always existed in a complex, symbiotic and continually evolving relationship with the technological capabilities of a culture. Those capabilities constrain the art that is produced, and inform the way art is perceived and understood by its audience.

Like the invention of applied pigments, the printing press, photography, and computers, we believe machine intelligence is an innovation that will profoundly affect art. As with these earlier innovations, it will ultimately transform society in ways that are hard to imagine from today’s vantage point; in the nearer term, it will expand our understanding of both external reality and our perceptual and cognitive processes.


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Two Cultures A Classic Look at Science and Art

CP SnowStudents of the relationship between art, science, and technology go to one core document as the initial modern statement of the problems and possibilities inherent in that relationship. It’s a transcription of a lecture given in 1959 by British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow. Snow gave the Rede Lecture that year at Senate House, Cambridge, under the title “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.” Snow decried the cultural illiteracy of scientists and a general ignorance of science among the cultural elites.

For years afterward, the speech spawned a number of articles and commentaries on the question. One thing that has marked the time since then, and since 9 Evenings a few years later, is an outpouring of artists who are also versed in science and technology, and scientists who work in a broader cultural framework.

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