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The Rise of AI Art--and What It Means for Human Creativity

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Artificially intelligent systems are slowly taking over tasks previously done by humans, and many processes involving repetitive, simple movements have already been fully automated. In the meantime, humans continue to be superior when it comes to abstract and creative tasks. However, it seems like even when it comes to creativity, we're now being challenged by our own creations. In the last few years, we've seen the emergence of hundreds of "AI artists." These complex algorithms are creating unique (and sometimes eerie) works of art.


Think AI Can't Take Your Job? Think Again - DataScienceCentral.com

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One of the biggest arguments against the development of artificial intelligence -- if you disregard the perpetual fear that it will gain sentience and destroy the human race -- is the worry that these systems will steal our jobs. We've already seen some mundane or tedious tasks get taken over by robotics or automation, so what's to stop them from putting us all out of work? The one bit of light at the end of the tunnel is that there are plenty of jobs out there that rely on purely human qualities, such as creativity or empathy. These are things a computer program can't duplicate -- or can it? Let's take a look at some of these AI-proof jobs to see if your career is as safe as you think.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Face of Art

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In October of 2018, Christie's auctioned off the first work of art ever created by an algorithm. The painting, titled Edmond de Belamy, was a portrait of a gentleman dressed in black. It was expected to sell for around $10,000, and instead garnered a staggering $432,500. Just a few months before that, Nature Morte, a contemporary art gallery in New Delhi, held an exhibition that featured seven artists working with artificial intelligence. AI-written novels, choreographers predicting dance sequences, and other forms of machine learning are also being readily explored within the creative arts.


Coding skills won't save your job -- but the humanities will

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Coding boot camps are becoming almost as popular as college degrees: Code schools graduated more than 22,000 students in 2017 alone. The bet for many is that coding and computer programming will save their jobs from automation, and there's a resulting wave of emphasis on STEM skills. But while a basic understanding of computer science may always be valuable, it is not a future-proof skill. If people want a skill set that can adapt and ride the wave of workplace automation, they should look to -- the humanities. Having knowledge of human culture and history allows us to shape the direction of how technology is developed, identifying what problems it should solve and what real-world concerns should be considered throughout the process.


Should You Be Thinking About AI-Proofing Your Career? - ReadWrite

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Already, automation has started to take over jobs in the manufacturing sector, and with the explosion of AI on the near horizon, millions of people are worried their jobs, too, could be taken by a sufficiently sophisticated machine (or algorithm). AI has innumerable benefits, namely saving time and increasing reliability and safety, but it also comes with downsides. AI could introduce new security vulnerabilities into otherwise secure systems, and realistically could replace or displace millions of white-collar jobs once thought irreplaceable. So should you be thinking about the prospect of being replaced by an AI-driven algorithm? And if so, is there a way for you to AI-proof your career?