Machine learning already plays a big part in your everyday life, and its role is only going to grow. Google searches and muttered requests to Amazon’s Alexa may tap into a veiled world of clever algorithms, but these techniques teeter on something much larger: a world of self-developing artificial intelligence.

Deep learning, and the neural networks that do the thinking, is becoming an integral seam to digital technology. By extension, artificial intelligence is having a growing effect on our experience of the world and, as an artist, it is a material that can’t be ignored.

That is the thinking of Anna Ridler, who is building a name for herself with works that hoist machine-learning techniques into the gallery.

Ridler’s Fall of the House of Usher (2017) involved training a neural network on the artist’s own ink drawings.

Read more: Life drawing and machine learning: An interview with artist Anna Ridler | Alphr

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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