Art & AI: What Place for Human Artists in a Future Dominated by Artificial Intelligence

Written in collaboration with Ahmed Elgammal, professor at Rutgers University

Should intelligent machines someday have their own pavilion at the Venice Biennale? A decade ago that would have been a ridiculous and bizarre question. Today, however, following the latest developments in art and artificial intelligence (AI), it’s becoming relevant.

The creative professions have hitherto considered themselves immune to the rising onslaught of AI. That delusion is coming to an end. Like it or not, the age of Algorithmic art is here. While the art establishment is unlikely to embrace the new technology, (and probably will disparage it just like what happened when video art and performance art first appeared), the fact remains that this new technology and art form can’t be stopped.