Open Source Could Let Computers Create the Next Mona Lisa

In the 1960s, revered British painter Harold Cohen swapped his brushes for computers, ultimately landing a spot as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1971. There, he invented AARON, one of the world’s first art-making software programs. Over the next four decades, AARON became progressively more autonomous in its ability to generate images. This quickly raised questions around authorship: Who is the artist, AARON or Cohen, and can artificial intelligence (AI) ever be creatively independent? Cohen, who died at age 87 in April, was skeptical that we would see entirely machine-created art in this century. But research into whether artificial intelligence can function creatively forges ahead. On Wednesday, Google launched Magenta, a new initiative by the Google Brain team (the company’s machine intelligence arm) that will…


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