STEPPING through the curtains, Michael Syrovatka screams and lurches backwards. In the real world, he is on the first floor of the Goethe-Institut (GI) in Prague.
AIs might not know much about art, but they can easily tell apart one style from the other — even when they’re terribly similar.
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.
PAINTERS like Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso transformed art by inventing new styles such as impressionism and cubism. Could a machine do the same?
OUTSIDE a squat grey building in Santa Monica, the California sun melts the tar. Inside, in a dark room roughly the size of a small shipping container, two men are exploring the world by means of virtual reality (VR).
EARLIER this year Françoise Hardy was asked in a YouTube video why President Donald Trump sent his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to lie about the size of the inauguration crowd. First, Ms Hardy argues.
Early 20th-century Paris is to be brought to life at Tate Modern with a virtual reality room forming part of a blockbuster Modigliani show.
Artist Patrick Tresset is using robots to draw and create art. The robot classroom is part of his latest exhibition in London called Machine Studies.
JESSE ENGEL IS playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century rhythm and blues. Then he drags a marker across his laptop screen. Suddenly, the instrument is somewhere else between a clavichord and a Hammond.
Art lovers will need to have headsets at the ready as virtual reality works make their way to Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair, which opens to VIPs on Tuesday. The fair has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture, initially putting forward five artists to join the technology giant’s artists-in-residence programme to introduce them to Tilt Brush, a 3D drawing and painting tool.
There’s nothing stopping a machine designed in our image from performing at least as well as humans in virtually any task. If you’re a skeptic, look at what a company from Luxemburg called Aiva Technologies is doing.