Artificial intelligence (AI) has weaved its way into all parts of our business and personal lives. It has even made it into the creative part of society.

Humans have always created and enjoyed all forms of art, for viewing purposes, for aesthetic purposes, and even for therapeutic purposes.

Technology has impacted the way art is created and enjoyed for the better part of the last 100 years. From the invention of portable paint tubes enabling artists to paint outdoors to cameras and software like Photoshop redefining the way art is created and enjoyed. 

Artists are using AI in creation of their work as well. Projects like The Next Rembrandt used AI to generate a new Rembrandt-like painting that was 3D printed. As AI visual creation tools become more mainstream, we have reached a point where everything is so realistic that you don’t even know that you’re looking at a machine-generated image. 

Artists paint over their works all the time. It’s common, so common that art historians and conservators call it pentimento. Recent stories alude to AI and machine learning revealing “art behind art” by using spectroscopic imaging. It isn’t the makings of a blockbuster film. In fact, outside of flexing the prowess of AI, is there any real value to what these companies are doing – for art or history? These recreations don’t teach us anything we didn’t know about the artists and their methods.

Art historians study the ways in which art can offer insights into how people once saw the world. They explore how works of art shaped the worlds in which they were made and would go on to influence future generations. Can a computer algorithm cannot perform these functions?

There is great value and benefits to AI and emerging technology. Maybe we will discover a deeper accomplishment to this procedure in the future. For now let’s keep working to build relationships with technology, improve search results and understand how the technology does what it does.

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Melody K. Smith

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