Google’s computer-brain art draws noisy crowd

Anti-gentrification activists bewail the exodus of artists and their art from an increasingly pricey San Francisco overrun with big-data jockeys and software engineers. Now Google may have hit on a method for getting San Franciscans to care about art: have computers make it. A recent exhibition of the firm’s algorithm-generated artworks attracted a sizable subset of the city’s new dominant life form. However, the level of genuine interest in art among “the fleece pullover, sneaker-wearing art-show newbies” described in a Wall Street Journal article is unclear. The casually clad horde in the back of the Mission District historic movie theater where the art show was held Feb. 26 talked and whispered, and were repeatedly “shushed” before the auctioneer suggested that if they didn’t have cash for Google artificial-intelligence art, they could at least pay attention, the WSJ reported. Google’s artworks were “hawked” for…


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