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Sinapsi [synapses] is a series collecting texts published

in the journal Nodes since its foundation, as well as unpublished content. It delivers different writing forms: essays, interviews, scientific articles. 

The intention is to make accessible to readers, on the one hand, contents that is no longer available and, on the other hand, unpublished writings. 

Our Sinapsi aim to connect themes, disciplines, lines of thought, and research approaches to tell visions in the cultural

and aesthetic groove created by the relationship between art

and neuroscience.

Formato chiuso: 12,5 x 18 cm

Numero di pagine: 28

ISBN: 9788894709148

AI-aesthetics and the Anthropocentric Myth of Creativity

Emanuele Arielli and Lev Manovich


Since the beginning of the XXI century, technologies like neural networks, deep learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have gradually entered the artistic realm. We witness the development of systems that aim to assess, evaluate and appreciate artifacts according to artistic and aesthetic criteria or by observing people’s preferences. In addition to that,
AI is now used to generate new synthetic artifacts.
When a machine paints a Rembrandt, composes a Bach sonata, or completes a Beethoven symphony, we say that this is neither original nor real art, but simply the complex imitation
and reproduction of existing products of human culture.
We face the old question concerning the nature of creativity: what kind of recombination of ideas, unusual analogies,
and conceptual connections are considered the mark
of originality? Can AI produce artworks? Could machines reach a point at which we consider them genuinely creative?
We also need to investigate the challenges posed by AI-art
to the notion of authoriality: Who is the author of an artificially generated artifact? An artificial system could be considered just an artist’s and a programmer’s tool. However, we are
also fascinated by the idea of autonomous artificial creativity
in the aesthetic domain, as a manifestation
of highly intelligent behavior. This text will try to define
some key questions around what could it mean to consider
a machine creative or even equipped with artistic intentionality.

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