If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Controlling a swarm of robots to paint a picture sounds like a difficult task. However, a new technique allows an artist to do just that, without worrying about providing instructions for each robot. Using this method, the artist can assign different colors to specific areas of a canvas, and the robots will work together to paint the canvas. The technique could open up new possibilities in art and other fields. What if you could instruct a swarm of robots to paint a picture?
"Attention takes two sentences, turns them into a matrix where the words of one sentence form the columns, and the words of another sentence form the rows, and then it makes matches, identifying relevant context." Check out the graphic from the Attention is All You Need paper below. It's two sentences, in different languages (French and English), translated by a professional human translator. The attention mechanism can generate a heat map, showing what French words the model focused on to generate the translated English words in the output.
Being both a computer science student and an artist, I love testing the ways in which I can combine my two interests. In doing so, I decided to design an AI-powered application called Art Detective. Art Detective is an art style recognition application that uses visual recognition technology and takes user-inputted images of artworks, and responds by telling the user which art movement/style the inputted piece is recognized as belonging to. The app targets artists, art lovers, and even those who are curious about art. If an artist is curious about which art style their own work most aligns with, they can use this app to find out.
New artist's biographies were created here in a sophisticated process, including fine-tuned GPT-2 on museum descriptions, and procedural name generation. That's why the outcomes were coherent, inspiring, and convincing. I guess, using GPT-3 one can even generate a museum's guide, combining authors to one conceptual exhibition, if you want. The art experience is not on-the-fly (using GANs in real-time is still a thing of the future nowadays), there are around 3000 artworks generated and randomly presented -- if you are here long enough, you may stumble upon already seen paintings. But the possibility to add new pieces is given -- the semi-eternity is possible.
Intelligent algorithms are used to create paintings, write poems, and compose music. According to a study by an international team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Center of Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, whether people perceive artificial intelligence (AI) as the ingenious creator of art or simply another tool used by artists depends on how information about AI art is presented. The results were published in the journal iScience. In October 2018, a work of art by Edmond de Belamie, which was created with the help of an intelligent algorithm, was auctioned for 432,500 USD at Christie's Auction House. According to Christie's auction advertisement, the portrait was created by artificial intelligence (AI).
With traditional photo editors, creating the perfect photo is a time-consuming process that involves moving dozens of sliders. Many seek to use presets to speed this up, but there are severe limitations. Presets tend to only work on images that are virtually identical to the original. To change this tedious and frustrating process, innovative companies race to embrace Artificial Intelligence. But some creatives have been skeptical about its effectiveness and limitations.
"Anthropomorphising AI systems can undermine our ability to hold powerful individuals and groups accountable." Edmond De Belamy, a portrait generated by a machine learning (ML) algorithm was sold at Christie's art auction for $432,500; 40 times higher than the initial estimate of $10,000. The whole event was marketed by Christie's as ''the first portrait generated by an algorithm to come up for auction''. AI for art, especially generative adversarial networks (GANs) have come a long way since then. Christie's affair makes one wonder how good has AI become, but if one looks closely they might think otherwise.
The world is inevitably becoming more digital. While video chatting isn't quite the same as hanging out in person, sticking to the screen is the safest form of human interaction. Instead of putting up with laggy connection and impersonal virtual meetings, ALIZA technologies is changing all anyone has ever known about artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). The LA-based startup is the brainchild of Brian Lee, the co-founder of The Honest Company with Jessica Alba, Shoedazzle with Kim Kardashian, Legalzoom, and most recently Art of Sport with the late Kobe Bryant. Lee has created a seamless transition from the physical to digital world with upscale imagery and a unique vision with the digital avatar Aliza Rexx.
Does the value of art come from the person who creates the art? Is that value inherent, or is it reliant on the beholder? How do you place a numeric valuation on something as subjective as art? All interesting questions, but let's throw a proverbial spanner in the works. What if the artist was an artificial intelligence (AI) programmed into a humanoid robot body?
Although A&Rs are still looking for the same qualities in an artist as they were fifty years ago, what they're looking for in that same artist's data – and they way they're looking for – it has changed dramatically. Editor's Note: Tommaso Rocchi is a 2020 Master of Arts graduate of The Global Entertainment and Music Business program at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. Data-driven A&R has been a buzzword for quite some time in the music industry, but also one of its most guarded secrets. Even before the acquisition of Sodatone by Warner Music Group, major and big indie record labels started to switch their mindsets and focus on the advantages of a data-driven approach. Compared to the classic "gut-feeling" expertise of a senior A&R, data analysis allows today's A&Rs to validate their intuition and justify talent acquisition with predictive modeling.