January–February 2019

Volume 8, Number 5

Machine Learning

Whether labeled “machine learning,” or “artificial intelligence” (AI),  or just “smart-[insert object here],” the idea that computers are interacting with the real world in ways we had thought distinctively “human” has provoked elation in some circles, terror and rage in others. Most of us use computers to improve execution—we want them to do what we tell them to do, but we also want them to change “teh” into “the” without asking. The big—potentially existential question is this—how much “without asking” are we okay with? It’s a question that artists have been asking since computers were the size of city busses, and in this issue of Art in Print we look at artists who have invited machines into their work, not to make sharper lines or slicker gradients, but to share decision-making with an intelligence not their own. 

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