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Art and the Singularity: Will Artificial Intelligence Creative Robots Change Art?

, Art and the Singularity: Will Artificial Intelligence Creative Robots Change Art?

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Art and the Singularity: Will Artificial Intelligence Creative Robots Change Art?

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

 

We tend to think of robots as primarily industrial, largely because that has been their primary function up to this point. From the automobile industry to the agriculture industry, most industrial-scale robots function in very specific niches, doing specific tasks much more quickly than even a large group of human workers. As the scope of modern manufacturing capacity has changed to accommodate manufacturing robots, we have grown accustomed to many jobs traditionally delegated to craftspeople slowly being phased out. Yet another phenomenon is occurring within the robotics industry, and this one concerns jobs and practices that have traditionally been perceived as irreplaceable: the production of music, fine art, and literature. We tend to view these activities as innately human, dependent upon the mysterious origins of human creativity making the most of physiological mechanisms within the brain that we do not yet fully comprehend.  As technology advances, we have to keep in mind the impact of computers, robots, and artificial intelligence ( AI ) will have on the production of fine art.

 

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creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

Yet we forget that music is merely a combination of notes, albeit in different rhythms, yet the total number of note combinations is finite, as is the number of words in any written language as well as their permutations. Computers powerful enough to calculate the sum total of such combinations already exist, and once creative robots have been “taught” what is pleasant to hear or read (generally by introducing a variety of famous texts and compositions), these robots are already quite capable of producing works that are indistinguishable to most listeners and readers from ones created by a human. Companies like Google are already using artificial intelligence in a wide series of algorithms used to gather images based on user search queries as well as compose auto-generated news content based on user interests in current events. While utilitarian, the present versions of such algorithms already serve the purpose of composing news articles and relaying that information to millions of people around the world.

 

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creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

What remains to be seen within the robotics industry is how creative robots will change after the singularity, defined as the point at which artificial intelligence ( AI ) becomes self-sustaining. After the singularity, we presently have little to no idea how a self-sustaining artificial intelligence (AI ) will regard us as humans, let alone if it will see the production of art as a valid pursuit. Since such a computing intelligence will be powerful enough to simultaneously compute all possible sequences of musical notes and written words, it may not even view art as “art” in the traditional sense, nor may it see any particular combination of notes or words as any more valid than another. We are currently basing the reactions of such an intelligence ( AI ) based on our own assumptions, but a naturally evolving artificial intelligence may have a completely different sense of ethics and aesthetics than we do. We can, however, base the initial form of such an intelligence on perimeters of our own design, but once it attains the ability to learn organically (the singularity), our influence over its ultimate treatment of fine art wanes. 

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

creative robots, art after the singularity, robotics industry, artificial intelligence, AI, art, fine art

 

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