Using AI as a perception-altering drug

Four AI art techniques to help bring out your creativity

To art is human

“Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy,” by the French art collective Obvious, sold for $432,500. Credit: Christie’s

AI is a tool, not a person. It’s about as creative as a paintbrush.

Artificial intelligence lets you perceive reality in new ways.

Creativity goggles

So there I was, at 1 AM, feeding some of Bosch’s feedings into my puppy-loving neural network… well, I dunno. Is it art? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Whatever it is, you probably haven’t seen Hieronymus Bosch from this particular angle.

Is unsupervised learning “real” machine learning?

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Demonstration of k-means with a simulated dataset in R. (If you’re not seeing anything move, then your browser has decided it isn’t a friend to GIFs right now.) We begin with a dark cloud of points and end with two highlighted clusters. See if you can puzzle out what this unsupervised learning algorithm is doing…
Your internet is made out of Cat. Behold His true form. Source: Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

Creativity’s right answers are whatever the artist feels right about, and often you only know them after you see them.

Neural Style Transfer

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Learn more here if you’re curious, though this might be a more current code intro since it uses TensorFlow 2.0.

GANs

This “Rembrandt” was not painted by the Dutch master. Learn more in the video below.
Some GAN-generated portraits of your author.

Deep Dream

Behind the scenes of my self-portrait at the top of this page. It took ~700 dial-twiddling runs (and some cunning partial masking) to produce two portraits I was happy with. They look just like me!

You’re the artist

Behind the scenes of pretty much every good piece of AI art is a huge pile of duds.

Who is the artist?

AI can’t be creative, but you can… and you might just find your creativity inspired by AI.

Who owns your creativity?

AI tools give an artist a shifted lens through which to see, but inspiration is uniquely human.

You wouldn’t expect two artists drinking the same wine to make the same art as a result.

Thanks for reading! How about an AI course?

Enjoy the entire course playlist here: bit.ly/machinefriend

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Chief Decision Scientist, Google. ❤️ Stats, ML/AI, data, puns, art, theatre, decision science. All views are my own. twitter.com/quaesita

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Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist, Google. ❤️ Stats, ML/AI, data, puns, art, theatre, decision science. All views are my own. twitter.com/quaesita