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If your AI artist creates a work of art that wins a prize, should you get the award or should your AI artist? Here’s a case for the AI getting the award and not you.
|When AI-composed art wins an award, the machine should get the trophy|
Why would we give AI art an award in the first place?
Simply put: because it’s damn good. Multiple research and experiments have proven that humans find immense value in AI art when they don’t know it’s not man-made. AI creates algorithms by evaluating existing works of art to determine style and era, and then combines them to create a new artistic style. The result is works of art that humans find “more novel, complex, and inspiring.”
In February, art collector Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre bought a painting made by Obvious’ AI for a whopping €10,000. This not only proves its beauty, but its desirability. It’s not such a stretch that we would want to reward AIs for their amazing artistic capabilities in the future, as their work grows more complex — especially when the AI signed it…..
Why should the AI win the award, and not the developer?
The brains behind the AI have obviously spent enormous amounts of time and money to create such technology. So in that respect, hats off to them. But there comes a point in time where we have to step back and realize that these machines are then learning and adapting on their own, developing independent thoughts and making autonomous decisions. If an AI can gain national citizenship and pass a university course on the philosophy of love, then it seems like it should soon be treated as its own entity, no?
Autonomy is tricky because a lot of people are worried about them stabbing us in the back. As William Barry (associate professor who taught the class that an AI passed) said, “If we approach AI with a sense of dignity and sacredness of all life, then we will produce robots with those same values.” It’s a little sanctimonious and naive, but it’s a fair point. AI begins by absorbing knowledge that we give them, and if we teach them to value all human life (say, by not owning them like slaves) then I think we can all rest a little bit easier at night. Give them the trophy they arguably deserve, especially if it means we don’t get completely obliterated.