Why we write about this topic:
In our weekly recap on Sunday, we, as editors, look back at the past seven days. We do this at the suggestion of our cartoonist Albert Jan Rasker. He chooses a subject, makes a drawing, and we take it from there. If you’d like to receive this weekly recap directly in your mailbox every Sunday morning, just subscribe here.
With what briefing would Albert Jan have sent his own brain out to pasture in an AI-like fashion? Do me a bit of Magritte, a pinch of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, a good sprinkling of Dali and Picasso, and overlay that with the feeling that what you see is not what you see. It must have been something like that, but we’ll never know because an artist never fully reveals his thoughts. After all, it is up to his audience to get their own interpretation.
Albert Jan based his choice this week on an article by colleague Youri van Heumen that I can recommend to everyone. Youri spoke with a series of experts in the field of AI art and text-to-image techniques and came to the (logical) conclusion that we are only at the beginning of a development that will turn the entire art world upside down. Both negative and positive by the way, because thanks to AI it will also be easier to distinguish fake from real. Anyway, read his report yourself:
‘Real’ artists are inscrutable, I said above. But whether that is much different with AI artists remains to be seen. After all, the algorithms that form the basis of any product created by Artificial Intelligence are at least as opaque as a painter’s brain. Precisely for this reason, the European Commission has conceived the idea of recruiting 30 IT experts with social awareness. They are to work for the new European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT), which wants to provide the knowledge to bring Internet companies that go over the line to book. A nice task, especially if you know that their place of employment is not Brussels, but Seville. You can still apply:
But there was more, much more. Below is a small selection of our lavish offerings from last week. Don’t fancy this editorial selection? All good; here is the complete overview of last week.
Enjoy your Sunday, and have a safe and innovative week!