Previously we’ve talked about only one particular form of art where AI is successfully dabbling in. In this article, we’ll dive into some more art forms where AI has the potential to take over the steering wheel once in a while, along with some analysis on the future of AI-powered artistry.
AI text generation
Text generation has been one of the major challenges for a lot of the currently ongoing researchers. While images or visual art has some distinctive and recognizable attributes, text appears to be more of an independent nature. As a result, AI-generated literature struggles to pass the turing test in most cases. They’re still being used by companies like Netflix, but only because they are so ridiculous that people watch them for comic relief.
Here. Have a laugh with this holiday film written entirely by bots
AI Music composer
Music composition, on the other hand, is seeing quite an interesting outtake by the newly invaded efforts of AI. Some of the music these AI bots are generating are surprisingly sophisticated. And unlike the natural language, AI supposedly caught up quicker in terms of learning music. Here are some impressive AI music composer tools.
Fuel to imagination vs Perspective broadening
Now, tools are quite an old concept. Mankind has been using tools ever since the dawn of their uprise. But to promote a tool to the role of a competent co-worker has never appeared in the minds of humans until the last decade.
Let’s talk about AlphaGO
The Match between Lee Sedol, the 18 times world champion of GO and Google deepmind’s AI AlphaGO marked a crucial point in history, as it indicated what the future interactions between a human and artificial intelligence may look like. One thing that was made absolutely clear from the outcome of the game, humans, and AIs will keep pushing each other in order to achieve goals far bigger than themselves.
The famous “Move 37” in the second game against Lee Sedol stunned the maestro himself. It was at this moment he realized the intuition the machine has been able to possess is not just ‘cleverly computed assumptions’. On quite the contrary, the machine was exhibiting creativity. The odds of any human playing that move was 10000 to one. Another way to put this is, a human with even 100 years of experience could have not seen it coming. Yet, AlphaGO made the decision of playing that move and got an upper hand over the human expert because it could assume the long-term reward function from the game. This speaks volumes and opened the door for machines to be creatively well-endowed. From that day onward, the intuitiveness of AI got its recognition as a force to be reckoned with.
The real reason why AI won’t replace artists
One of the core reasons why people have an upper hand and will most likely continue having so over AI when it comes to creativity, is that creativity itself comes from human prejudices. We’re making up the rules on our own terms and deciding what is creative and what is not, what can be considered art, and what can be utter garbage. Now, until artificial intelligence starts a political revolution towards those prejudices, we are still the policy-makers of our own game.
People’s Attitude towards authenticity
What makes something authentic? Original? Or perhaps, Noteworthy?
The answer to that is not as simple as the question itself. Wars have erupted and tables have been flipped while debating the originality of something. For now, let’s go with the dictionary definition. Something authentic is dictated by its correlation with truth, whether that truth is subjective or objective. In other words, authenticity is the quality of being real or being true.
Now, art follows a very peculiar dictation when it comes to authenticity. We value the name of the artist in an obsessive manner. That’s why something drawn by Picasso or da Vinci is worth millions of dollars, whereas a nameless artist, no matter how talented he or she is, gets little to no payment for creating a beautiful piece of landscape.
It will be harder for AI tools to climb up to that standard of creating face value, especially since it has the potential of creating art in bulk and in a very short time. Since abundance disrupts value, it will be interesting to see how the evaluation of AI-generated art plays out in this modern world.
People’s Attitude towards novelty
Novelty is the quality of being new. Not everything new is so cordially accepted in our society. As a matter of fact, it is often argued that true novelty doesn’t exist. All are permutations and combinations of some other things. That is somewhat true in the case of AI-generated art, as it learns from art created by humans, or great artists, and merely impersonates them. And you cannot outshine someone you were designed to impersonate. Although AI is capable of visually stunning pieces of art, I have serious doubts whether it can create new art styles like Picasso’s cubism or Salvador Dali’s surrealism.