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Art in the Age of Machine Intelligence

Research and Machine Intelligence, Google Seattle, 601 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Although the following essay has already been published by Medium (, it is being re‐published here by an agreement between the author himself and the editorial staff of both Medium and MDPI, and on the grounds that a work dealing in such a clear, comprehensive, and compelling manner with the critical social issue of a rapidly emerging machine intelligence deserves widespread dissemination; furthermore, given that the essay is also thoroughly grounded in respect to the histories of both art and science—and with appropriate citations—such a dissemination might well include academic publication; and given still further that its focus is the advent of machine intelligence as a mighty new factor in the arts, the current Special Issue of Arts on “The Machine as Artist (for the 21st Century)” would seem to be an ideal venue, and wherein it will stand as an important complement to our own introductory essay.
Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 7 September 2017 / Accepted: 29 September 2017 / Published: 29 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Machine as Artist (for the 21st Century))
In this wide‐ranging essay, the leader of Google’s Seattle AI group and founder of the Artists and Machine Intelligence program discusses the long‐standing and complex relationship between art and technology. The transformation of artistic practice and theory that attended the 19th century photographic revolution is explored as a parallel for the current revolution in machine intelligence, which promises not only to mechanize (or democratize) the means of reproduction, but also of production. View Full-Text
Keywords: art; science; technology; machine learning; artificial intelligence; aesthetics; photography art; science; technology; machine learning; artificial intelligence; aesthetics; photography
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