Who is Edmond de Bellamy?

Edmond de Belamy is a 2018 painting created using a type of Artificial Intelligence algorithms called Generative Adversarial Networks. The work which is part of a series of images titled La Famille de Belamy -made by french collective Obvious– was expected to be sold for $7,000-$10,000 at Christie’s auction house in New York, however the painting […]

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Minds are simply what brains do.

“Why is it so much harder to appreciate that thinking is an aspect of the brain, that also could be described, in principle, in terms of the self-same physical laws? The answer is that minds do not seem physical to us because we know so little of the processes inside brains. (…) A related reason […]

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Machine Learning as Art Practice.

Recently I wrote about Generative Adversarial Networks, a revolutionary class of AI algorithms used in unsupervised Machine Learning, and their importat relation with the research in Computational Creativity. This type of framework for the design of Artificial Intelligences was invented by Ian Goodfellow in 2014. The system consist of one network that generates new data after learning from a training […]

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The machine will have the idea…

Computational Creativity is a new academic field devoted to the study and modeling of computational processes that achieve creative tasks. Its main duties are the study of computational models of (human) creativity, designing artificially creative systems, and also to deploy computational systems for supporting creativity. Understanding brain processes behind creativity and modeling them using computational means […]

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Geometry paints the painting itself.

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky is depicted as the main pioneer and most influential teacher in the geometric abstraction movement. Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian are also among its promoters although we can appreciate the use of geometry as an artistic and decorative expression since ancient cultures. Islamic art, for example, in its prohibition of depicting religious figures is a […]

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The Augmented Posthuman Body.

Descartes once described the human body as a “fleshy machine” and today’s transhumanists would likely agree. Philosopher Nick Bostrom writes that as we seek to peer farther into posthumanity our ability to concretely imagine what it might be like to have such augmented thoughts and experiences cannot be though or experienced with our current capacities. […]

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Creative State of Mind.

The emergent field of Neuroscience and Creativity studies has experienced a great boom in recent years. For many people -influenced by the perspectives of 19th century Romanticism– creativity remains an unattainable mystery for science (Boden, 2013). However, currently the focus of cognitive neuroscience has renewed the study of creative processes and our ability to realize novel […]

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