Waiting for the Robot Rembrandt

Hideki Nakazawa | Nautilus

The cellist Jan Vogler famously claimed that art is what makes us human. But what if machines start making art too?

When art is made to satisfy the needs of a third party . . . it is illustration or commercial art, not fine art. If fine art is ever to be made by artificial intelligence, it must be its own: produced by machines autonomously, independently, and actively for the machine’s own sake and with the machine’s own aesthetics. Only in that case would the art not be a passive product of human creation . . .

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