Google’s psychedelic ‘paint brush’ raises the oldest question in art

(Courtesy Memo Akten)A recent San Francisco art show hosted by Google included the typical trappings — a big crowd, striking pieces of art and expensive price tags. But there was one noteworthy distinction of this particular art show — all of the pieces were created with the help of a Google computer program. The artwork relies on software that remakes an image to include whatever it is being told to see in the image. The end result is a hallucination of the image that has a psychedelic look. The new software provide artists an opportunity to be creative like never before. With this fresh approach to art, there are questions about who should get credit for the artwork. Should it be the artist, the computer software, or the software’s creator, and is the final product really art? For…


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