From 23 to 25 October, will take place at Christie’s in New York, an auction where one could see awarded what is presented as the creation of an artificial intelligence (AI). The result of the work of the programming and formatting of three French artists and researchers in AI and members of the collective Obvious, it is a Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, canvas print of an image generated by a system algorithm. It is part of a series of eleven portraits depicting a fictional family of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, invented by the three collaborators.

This leads to a certain number of observations that are both aesthetic and philosophical. In the first place, the question arises as to the creativity of machines, that is to say, their eventual ability to reproduce the human imagination and the capacity of ideation. Machines, or rather algorithms, have behaviors, steps, or decisions that are traditionally associated with emotions and conscience, is it currently possible ? Here’s what we can tell from a few examples in connection with the item

In April 2016, a “new Rembrandt” is released to the public, except that this is not one of them. This is the” work ” of a program created by a team of Microsoft after the statistical analysis of hundreds of portraits of the artist. Even if the injunction of obligation innovative, avant-garde art is now obsolete, the question of originality remains important : I want to show the number of cases of plagiarism in the art world and elsewhere.

Collect without understanding

It is quite tasty that Rembrandt was chosen because his work has had in recent years suffered a series of reassignments to cause many false, or the works of students imputed to the master. The machines that make Rembrandt or new Beatles songs are copies, and probably not very…