For many people, art is something very human, as it is creating deep connections and emotions. One of my favorite movie quotes is from “I, Robot”:
Detective Del Spooner (Human): Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a… canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?
Sonny (Robot): Can you?
We always thought, that no machine could ever create a piece of art that has an impact on us, but as artificial intelligence gets more and more advanced, art does not seem to be something only a real person can create. As a matter of fact, AI is already able to create impressive pieces of art. So, let’s dive into the AI age of art with some intriguing artificial creatives.
Becoming the Muse
Are you a fan of renaissance art? Then behold as AI Gahaku turns your face into a beautiful renaissance painting. We at Tomorrow Unlocked had a real blast trying it out with the faces of our favorite colleagues. Share your portraits on Instagram and tag @tomorrowunlocked to show us your renaissance portraits!
Finishing the unfinished
Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, or Bruckner: Each of those composers have symphonies they did not finish in their lifetime. But an international team of experts created an AI that analyzed Beethoven’s unfinished tenth symphony and finalized it. Listen to the AI’s compositions here. Can you spot which part is from Beethoven and which is from the AI?
Researchers at Zhejiang University in China teamed up with experts from Microsoft and created an AI that generates voices singing in English and Chinese. If you listen to the voices extracted, they do sound quite artificial, but as soon as DeepSinger synthesizes them and puts them into music, one cannot tell that the songs are artificially created – at least I could not.
In our age of rapidly spreading fake news, we can usually rely on our reason to understand who the author is, where the information comes from, and whether the source is trustworthy. But in 2019 OpenAI published a text generating AI which creates terrifyingly human texts. Also, a study by Karlstad University in Sweden shows that most people cannot tell whether an article is written by a journalist or a machine. That may make it harder to sort out fake news in the future, and would need online platforms to curate information more closely. THE VERGE collected some examples of AI writing – they may not be perfect, but also not too bad.
Creating Emotions out of Data
Last but not least we want to present to you artist Refik Anadol. By using large collections of data and artificial intelligence he creates fascinating installations where spectators can experience data sculptures created out of millions of pictures from different points of view. When people step into the installation they step into an alternate reality: into the dreams of the AI. And though the machine may not have emotions, it portraits it and by that impacts our emotions.