AI in the arts: can a computer really be creative?
Who’s the real artist, the computer or the humans that programmed it?
Portrait of Edmond Belamy was created by an algorithm composed of two parts. We already know that algorithms are good forgers, and can create a painting or a piece of music in the style of an artist it has ‘studied’ in detail. By feeding 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th century and the 20th century, the algorithm was able to produce a portrait in a similar style. Amadeus Code, the AI tool for songwriting, works on the same principle. This is known as the Generator side of the algorithm.