Can a machine be an artist?

Cosmos Magazine


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An artificial intelligence program recently won a prestigious art prize and people were not happy. 

AI are typically thought of as virtual assistants, like Siri and Alexa, or for doing basic admin jobs and feeding your social media algorithms.  

But some are programming AI to get creative and churn out artworks – some of the results rival human art, others not so much.  

Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Evrim Yazgin about whether a machine can be an artist and the shortfalls of promising a Picasso from a program.

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