When we think of Artificial Intelligence, it can seem strange to imagine it as something concretely involved in our daily lives. The most advanced technology often appears to us as an ethereal, impalpable concept. Nevertheless, technology like AI, algorithms, and machine learning are everywhere, much like their impact on society. 

Artificial Intelligence is increasingly ingrained into our everyday experiences, and its potential benefits can truly simplify our routines. Facial recognition, smart home devices, online shopping recommendations, spam filters, and security scanning are just a few of AI’s typical uses. But have you ever imagined that Artificial Intelligence could create art, too? The bond between art and technology is tighter and tighter, and MDS can show you how even the coldest technology can be creative and artistic if effectively used by experts.

Several contemporary artists have developed art and even paintings by applying algorithms and AI to challenge art history’s traditional values. The use of machine learning with an artistic purpose opens us to a broad, unresolved, and oft-debated question: If a work of art is not the product of the human mind, is it authentically creative? Could it still be considered “art”? 

The widespread use of technology is changing artistic definitions and the roles of artists. Technology and IT services empower artists to identify new, unpredictable expression forms aesthetically pleasant outcomes. 

Artificial Intelligence is not only smart and functional. It can also be analytical, inspiring, and even beautiful. Its beauty lies in its capability to question the frameworks of our world. 

In this article, we will show you three powerful examples of AI art that are changing the definition of art and technology by shifting their interconnected boundaries. 

  1. Portrait of Edmond Belamy by Obvious – In 2018, this Paris-based collective composed of Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel, and Gauthier Vernier created the first portrait using Artificial Intelligence, which has since been sold by Christie’s. Made with a technique called GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), it depicts a fictional nobleman, created from a data set of 15.000 portraits painted between the year 1300 and the year 1900. What is truly surprising about Edmond Belamy is the impressive capability of Artificial Intelligence to simulate the creative act of painting. Through algorithms, the sum of thousands of paintings becomes a painting itself. Of course, authorship’s problem remains, and if a piece of art like this arouses the emotions of the public, considering the question of artistic validity will require additional discussion.
  1. Behind these Glorious Times by Trevor Paglen – Paglen’s practice of art focuses on vision and perspective. This American artist’s mission is to understand how we see the world, analyze our cognitive structures, and unpack how we perceive invisible aspects of life. Recently, Paglen started to become interested in how computers “see.” Behind these Glorious Times is a video about the vision of Artificial Intelligence. It’s composed of photographic images taken from books and libraries, which teach AI how to recognize familiar objects and faces. Viewing this artwork, we can better understand how we teach learning machines to see our world, and after that, how they can develop their fascinating sense of autonomy.
  1. BOB by Ian Cheng – This Californian artist investigates how living objects react to the changes they undergo over time. Simulating these situations is possible through advanced technology. For example, in 2018, Cheng created aBOB (Bag of Beliefs), a creature based on Artificial Intelligence. Visitors have the power to choose its body, features, gestures, and other aspects of their life through an app. Like all the creations made by machine learning, BOB’s chances depend on our decisions, but they are also unforeseeable and surprising.

These outstanding examples of art created by generative algorithms testify how AI can create its own unique aesthetic or model existing ones. It is a dynamic learning process that is continuously in motion. Artificial Intelligence could be considered artistic if we think that art’s essential values are novelty, depth, and an inquiry-based approach.

MDS IT Services knows how Artificial and Human intelligence are not adversaries. Instead, they can be fruitful collaborators. This cooperative synergy is based on our work. AI is undoubtedly a tool, but learning nature can also prove functional for the most creative purposes. 

MDS, inspired by the best artists, implements AI’s potential by integrating this inspiring technology in Apps and Website services. Websites powered by Artificial Intelligence are more than a showcase of capabilities. They also grant the highest engagement of potential customers, showing them hyper-targeted content. Artificial Intelligence is not merely a product of algebraic formulae; it says something about our way of thinking and viewing the world. 

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