Question of the Day:
How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?
Woah, today is a deep one! It’s like an emotional turing test (for the ones having see Ex Machina).
Freud already called our confrontation with the ongoing fusion of information and organisms ‘uncanny’. We are easily frightened creatures when we are confronted with the unknown. We don’t know what we can emotionally expect from a machine, neither can we read their intentions. This is the basis of trust. When machines slowly take over the essential work and other capacities we used to thing were exclusively human, we can’t see where life ends and machines begin.
I had this feeling very strongly when I watched the show ‘Silicon Valey’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UBdrMTxsvs
I think this is impossible for me to actually answer seeing as I don’t think I could tell you what my favorite piece of art is. Art is so broad; it includes too many things for me to pick out a favorite.
But I should ask, what do we mean made by a machine?
Do we mean made by man then enhanced by machine, because arguably, some art is. Music especially. An electric guitar is guided by a person playing it, but amplified by a machine and can have different sounds with the use of effects pedals. A lot of modern music is also almost entirely computer generated.
Is it coded? Because I’d argue there is almost something artistic about code. I have a little bit of experience with coding HTML, and it’s such a precise field that I’d argue there is something a bit artistic about it. But also quite logic driven and riding, as it has to work a certain way. If this is what we mean, I’d be a bit disappointed, though it’s worth noting that someone still did the coding.
Or was it made by AI? Artificial intelligence creating art is arguably quite fascinating, and if it’s the first artwork crafted by AI, I think I’d be quite awestruck.
I think my ability to witness and then apply it to my psyche is the real art. I feel meaning in it so it’s meaningful.