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Small thought regarding modern computer by HowXu Small thought regarding modern computer by HowXu
"Computers are no match for the average fourth-grader when it comes to creativity."

The Special Exhibition for Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni ([link] 1475-1564) in national museum of history in Taiwan had finally over in 2013/05/12. Luckily I was able to pay a visit by the end of April. In there, the museum display many Michelangelo's painting and sculpture including the best-known sculpture, David. Notably, it is not the authentic work. As a matter of facts, most of the exhibition weren't either. They are replicates by computer. According to the art history professor who suggest his class to pay a visit, the original works are too precious that it cannot transport abroad. But thanks to the modern technology, the computers are able replicate the exact same pieces of work in both painting and sculpture. Therefore, although we cannot witness the genuine works, we could still feel and touch Michelangelo's grandeur artistic soul.

This make me gasp in admiration of modern technology. The computers are like Superman that could do all sorts of different tasks for us. However, no one doesn't seems to give credit to the computers in the exhibition. In fact, I heard that some people even complain that those were just replicates and they want to see the genuine works. Personally, I think whether the works are genuine or not doesn't really matters in art appreciating. What's more important is whether the art touch your souls or not. But they did have a point though. Computer is nothing more than a tool. No matter how accurate and powerful it become, it does not create.
Thanks to :icondcarrier: for providing the counter view:
" While computational creativity([link] ) is by and large nowhere near the level of an adult human, it still does some stuff. I'd say it's at least a match for the average fourth grader.

I've once seen a computer design a flying machine in soda constructor([link] ). This is impressive, considering the physics in that game clearly prohibit flying. The computer managed to take advantage of rounding errors to make the models do what should be impossible. Humans have managed to duplicate this feat, but only after seeing computers do it."


Further reading: [link]

PS. Thanks to :iconredheadstock: for the tech-brush "[link]" which I used for the background of 1st panel.
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They can't create... yet. Computers are getting smarter, or rather WE'RE making them smarter.
I like how this piece seems to put the computer in a position where you'd feel sorry for it; like it's unjust that a little kid's simple doodles should get so much attention while the computer's efforts in recreating a masterpiece go unnoticed. Thus, discrediting the validity of the human element in favor of the synthetic life form's raw skill, and making the viewer consider how much they might take for granted the modern technology that makes their way of life possible.

At least... That's what I got from it, anyway.
...sometimes I'm less creative than a fourth-grader too!
J151 Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, no doubt.

No doubt.
xuncu Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
In my art courses, I read quite a few essays by artists who despised digital reproductions, "because it's not authentic", "because it's not historied", "because I'm a smelly hippie luddite"!
I think it's more the third one: a lot of those hippies wanted some kind of world where identity was not a default, everyone was equal, and everyone could communicate. I think a lot of them hate technlogy because instead of it being the drugs and bunk new-age spiritualism spiritualism they wanted it to be, it HAS come to pass, but it turned out to be the internet, and people still wanted (and do) express their individuality even through anonimity.

There's a distrust of tehcnology because they hated "The Machine" (ie: society, civilization, and government), and they were unprepared when a new society rose within actual machines, leaving their "simple" lifestyle of hippie-ness as an obsolite relic of the past.
xuncu Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Pfft, the Louvre, where the Mona Lisa is kept... you can't see shit!

1. In a humidity-controleld box that's deep set in the wall
2. covered in glass
3. roped off another 5-10 feet
4. every other toruist in the city is there
5. with cameras
6. with flash on.

Too true, you get a better view just looking at her photo in her Wikiepdia entry: wasn't untill this past decade that I realized she is wearing a veil, and everyone I've pointed it out to didn't realize it.
AnimeFreak40K Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting commentary and counter-argument.
As someone who studies programming (like you?), I can tell you that computers cannot create. Technically, we can make them seem like they "think". We can even make it seem like they take "inspiration" and make something out of that (would require A LOT of work but it is possible, the link you posted for example).

However, we cannot create a human brain (yet?) and we cannot make computers truly random. A computer's thinking must be very rigid and logical, going from simple true or false to complex but definite mathematics.
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