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Creative (Artificial) Intelligence

What differentiates analog from digitally generated work?

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“It wouldn’t be the first time in the history of art that a technology helps expand our creative possibilities.” – Ali Nikrang, Key Researcher & Artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab

In this epsiode from the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s 25th Anniversary Series Artist and Key Researcher Ali Nikrang explores the latest research on Artificial Intelligence and creativity by asking the question, “Can machines create?”. It comments on a controversially discussed hype and examines the methods of creative collaboration between humans and machines.
Using his AI-based music composition system Ricercar, the MuseNet composition Mahler Unfinished, and Sounding Letters – an AI that translates letters into a musical composition –, Ali Nikrang demonstrates that it is still human creativity that differentiates analog from digitally generated work.

Learn more about the potential for collaboration with Creative (Artificial) Intelligence on the website of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and about rhythms and algorithms and Data in Major and Minor on the Ars Electronica Blog.

More episodes from this series will provide a range of further innovative perspectives on the future: Virtual Worlds, Poetic Systems, Humanity & Robotinity, Computation & Beyond, The Art of Swarms, and Art Thinking.