CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2019

June 7-23, 2019

Artist Talk / The Art In Artificial Intelligence

Speaker: Purin Phanichphant / CURRENTS Participating Artist

The Art In Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is taking over the world. The world’s most powerful companies are funneling billions of dollars into developing new applications for artificial intelligence and the effects of these investments are already being felt in our everyday lives – in how we get to work, socialize with our friends, take care of our homes and more. However, developments in A.I. have not all been positive. Stories about machine learning algorithms developing their own creepy language, or about A.I.’s turning into super intelligent killer robots regularly appear in our news feeds. So which is it? Is A.I. going to enrich humanity? Or is it going to end up destroying the world?

There are strong opinions on both sides of this debate, each with piles of scientific papers and mathematical calculations supporting analyses of what A.I. is and how it will affect our lives. But these numbers and figures only form a part of the picture. A.I. is a nuanced subject that warrants a deeper exploration.

Through the years, humankind has turned to art to examine complex subjects through unexpected vantage points – artificial intelligence is a topic that provides particularly rich material for an artistic analysis. Art is one of our main conduits for expressing our human intellect and identity – but what might art look like when applied through an artificial mind?

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