If you’re a starving artist who at least finds consolation in the fact that a computer will never take your job, you may need to think again.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, last weekend Google held an art auction in San Francisco for works created by its algorithms. The most expensive image sold for $8,000, and all proceeds from the auction and event went to the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Examples included pieces that imitated styles of artists like Vincent van Gogh, and each image was printed on paper.
Eleven artists, including some who will be engineers, developed the auctioned art work using variants of Google’s DeepDream code, that your ongoing company open-sourced previous summer. The artistic process uses the same neural network idea as whatever was employed by Google Photos to recognize images in its search function. But rather than asking a network what it sees in a photo, it really is asked to look at something in a blank graphic. (Google’s Research Blog switches into great detail upon this process.)
This is the first-time algorithms and artwork contain collided hardly. Types of computer-generated algorithmic art get back to the 1960s. Finally summer’s International Joint Meeting on Artificial Intelligence, one theme was the partnership between art work and AI, and an exhibition of AI-made art ran alongside the conference.