Machine Learning and Creative Collaboration: Redefining Artistic Authorship

A fascinating transformation is taking place at the intersection of art and technology, — the collision of artistic expression and machine learning algorithms. Artists and designers are harnessing the power of AI not just as a tool but as a collaborator, blurring the lines between human creativity and artificial intelligence. This shift not only transforms the creative process but also challenges traditional notions of authorship in the art world.

Accidental Street Photography: Google Street View Scavengers

The launch of Google Street View services in 2007 was followed almost immediately by the emergence of its very own art genre: Street View Art. In 2011, just a few years after the launch of GSV, Pete Brook of Wired hailed the emergence of the new genre with exuberant excitement, announcing that

The Street View car is like the ultimate street photographer, a robo Cartier-Bresson methodically scouring the streets and documenting what it sees — Pete Brook, Wired

While Brook’s article offers a great selection of early Street View art, the comparison between a digital mapping machine and a hybrid mashup of RoboCop, a Hollywood created SciFi robotic police officer, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, the flesh and blood pioneer of street photography in the twentieth century, may seem hyperbolic and somewhat besides the point when it comes to the impact of Google’s Street View images on the arts and popular culture.

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