Artistic ownership and the AI apocalypse

Partially Derivative had a great segment on AI artists -- honestly: hilarious and thought provoking -- thinking about a new project wherein a team of programmers and art historians managed to train up an algorithm to reproduce the style of Rembrandt. The computer doesn't replicate Rembrandts, it paints new ones that replicate the style of Rembrandt. Vidya brought up the question: who is the artist here? Is it the programmer? Or are we willing to grant artistic ownership to the computer itself?

tags: AI, thought experiments,

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