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Artificial Intelligence and Art
Tech Talk

by Jeff Shields 2023-01-24

I started to experiment with Artificial Intelligence (AI) this week a bit exploring several areas of interest in technology and philosophy.

I mentioned it to Susan and she thought it would make a great TT article. I logged into my account at ChatGPT ( and posed two art related questions. This platform is design as conversational AI, it won’t generate art but is a place to have a conversation. Other sites using AI exist that focus on other aspects of the human experience.

Q1. Describe how ai is impacting art.


AI is impacting art in a number of ways. One of the most significant ways is through the use of generative algorithms, which allow computers to create art that is unique and not just a copy of something that already exists. These algorithms can be trained on large datasets of existing art, and can then generate new pieces that are similar in style, but not identical. Additionally, AI can be used to help artists create new pieces by providing suggestions or automating certain tasks. Another area where AI is impacting art is in the field of digital art, where AI can be used to create interactive and immersive experiences. Overall, AI is helping to expand the boundaries of what is possible in the world of art, and is making it possible for artists to create new and exciting pieces in ways that were not previously possible.

Q2. Explain the difference between impressionism and realism in art.


Impressionism and realism are two distinct art movements that emerged in the 19th century.
Impressionism is an art movement that emerged in France in the 1860s and 1870s. It is characterized by the use of light and color to create an impression of a scene or subject, rather than an accurate representation. Impressionist paintings often have visible brushstrokes, and the colors are often blended together to create a more atmospheric effect. The movement was primarily concerned with capturing the impressions of the moment, and often depicted everyday life and landscapes. Artists associated with impressionism include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro.

Realism, on the other hand, is an art movement that emerged in France in the 1850s and 1860s. It is characterized by the use of accurate and detailed representation of the subject matter, often with a focus on social and political issues. Realist paintings often depict the world as it is, rather than idealizing it. The movement aimed to reveal the truth and the reality of the society. Artists associated with realism include Gustave Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Honoré Daumier.

In short, Impressionism focuses on capturing the feeling and atmosphere of the moment, and often use vivid colors and loose brushstrokes to do so. Realism, on the other hand, focuses on depicting the reality, often with more attention to details and accuracy.


This project is still in the research phase, but still I am very impressed with the depth of knowledge. If I posed the same question again, I would likely get a different answer. Asking the questions slightly differently can also produce different results.

Over the course of the next several years, we will see incredible advances in AI and robotics. I can envision robots that perform routine chores and can act as a companion or even care giver. We are approaching the time of the Jetsons. Not sure whether to be excited or scared.

Last Updated on: 2024-07-07