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Can Artificial Intelligence Make Art without Artists? Ask the Viewer

New Media/School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
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Received: 1 January 2019 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 February 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Machine as Artist (for the 21st Century))
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Abstract

The question of whether machines can make art provokes very different answers from pioneers in the field. Harold Cohen refuses to ascribe creativity to his art-making robot AARON, while Leonel Moura argues that since his “Artbots” generate pictures from emergent properties that could not have been predicted by their creator, “they have at least some degree of creativity.” Although the question of whether machines can be artists seems to fall squarely on our definition of the latter, a solution to this philosophical impasse may ironically lie in redirecting the question away from the artist and toward the viewer. View Full-Text
Keywords: aesthetics; algorithmic art; artificial intelligence; artist; authorship; computational art; interpretation; painting robots; poststructuralism aesthetics; algorithmic art; artificial intelligence; artist; authorship; computational art; interpretation; painting robots; poststructuralism
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Audry, S.; Ippolito, J. Can Artificial Intelligence Make Art without Artists? Ask the Viewer. Arts 2019, 8, 35.

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