Almost every day, machines outmatch humans on some task. They identify faces and places better than us. They beat us at bedeviling board games.
Can machines outdo Picasso?
Google thinks they should at least have a chance. On Friday night, they did.
San Francisco played host to “DeepDream,” an event that its organizers, members of Google’s research and virtual reality divisions, call the first ever art exhibition produced by neural nets — the en vogue artificial intelligence tool that roughly mimics the human brain. The artworks were auctioned off to benefit the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.
Each work had an artist’s name attached, but the humans disavowed credit.
“It’s just random noise,” explained Mike Tyka, a Google researcher and the show’s most prolific artist. That is, the coder feeds visual data into the neural nets, unable to predict what will emerge.