Science and art are not mutually exclusive. They often intermingle in many platforms. With artificial intelligence (AI) becoming incorporated into more aspects of our daily lives, from writing to driving, it’s only natural that artists would also start to experiment with it. This interesting information came to our attention by the Purdue Exponent in their article, “Putting ‘art’ in artificial intelligence.”

Artist Anna Ridler’s work is a good example. It displays digital tulips and drawings made by specially modified algorithms in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center on the Purdue campus. Ridler’s art collects data and generates data sets to create unique narratives. The gallery showcases five different art pieces by Ridler. Each still is created by a neural network which has been trained on ink drawings.

Because the human mind did not produce the piece, many are questioning the definition of art. If AI is used to create images, can the final product really be thought of as art?

Melody K. Smith

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