Millions of code-generated images have powered the motor of a new economy. But modern art has been associated with a lot of antics over the years – is AI art the start of a new era, or just the latest prank in the art world (remember that a man won the Colorado State Fair art competition with an image he created using an artificial intelligence)?
To generate visuals, Generative Art employs Machine Learning techniques. And it has generated a lot of discussion about what is and isn’t real art.
The debate surrounding AI-generated art is one that is likely to continue for some time. There are those who believe that AI-generated art can be viewed as real art, and there are those who believe the opposite. There are a few points that can be made in favor of both sides of the argument.
Why AI-generated art should be viewed as real art.
- AI-generated art is created by machines that have been programmed to create artwork. This means that the artwork is not simply a result of random chance or human error; it has been created deliberately by someone with a specific vision in mind.
- AI art often contains elements of surprise and novelty that can be appealing to viewers.
- AI art can sometimes be more accurate or “correct” than human-created art; for example, an AI might be able to create a more realistic and detailed portrait than a human artist could.
Why AI-generated art should NOT be viewed as real art.
On the other hand, AI-generated artwork may be technically impressive, but at the end of the day it simply doesn’t meet all the criteria necessary to qualify as real art. Here is why:
- AI agents are not creating art; rather, they are replicating art. There is no human element involved in its creation. It is entirely created by machines, which means that it lacks the creativity and imagination that are essential components of any work of art.
- Additionally, AI-generated artwork often relies heavily on data and algorithms instead of intuition or emotion, which further distance it from anything we would traditionally consider to be artistic.
- Finally, many people believe that true works of art must provoke some sort of emotional reaction in viewers; however, because they lack any human connection or feeling behind them, AI-generated pieces often fail to do this.
The answer is straightforward: AI-generated art is art. Naturally, it is.
It has inputs and outputs and follows a recipe. Creating the recipe is an act of art, as is using the recipe to create something new into the world. They’re both works of art.
After all, it is created by artificial intelligence, which is a form of technology. And we know that technology can be used to create art. In fact, many artists use technology to create their work.
So, if AI can be used to create art, then AI-generated art must be considered as artwork itself.
It may not be traditional artwork, but it is still a form of expression and creativity.
And just like any other type of artwork, it can be appreciated for its beauty or meaning.