Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Art?

[Ed Note : In an interesting read, Arvind Pennathur talks about machines which can make artwork, paintings and the like!  Is art becoming a science and science becoming an art? Is it possible? Read to find out more.]

Integration of advanced technology into society has become increasingly normal in the past five years as innovative minds constantly push the boundaries of what is achievable and what can be realistically implemented. A large part of this resurgence of complex applied sciences is due to the proliferation of artificial intelligence (abbreviated as AI), into various aspects of everyday life during the 21st century. Ever since its introduction, it has became a staple of the modern world and is being used in a wide variety of ways, right from performing day to day human tasks to performing functions too precise or nuanced for humans, including more creative purposes such as self driving cars[1], news anchoring[2], writing movie scripts[3] and making music that is virtually indistinguishable from the music that is composed by a human[4]. In lieu of these advancements and the pace at which they have come, it is no exaggeration to say that AI is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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YouTube and Censorship

One of the most discussed topics in the world today is how much we can trust the sources of news around us. Fake news seems to be running rampant and it is obvious that we have to evaluate how much faith to put in what we read. That being said, the situation becomes considerably worse when several viewpoints on contemporary problems are removed from the conversation entirely, which seems to be becoming a common occurrence on social media sites. YouTube in particular has been repeatedly associated with this trend. Since its ascension to one of the premium sources for news and information, with viewers gaining information as per their own convenience and hearing different opinions on issues, it has fast been accepted as a stalwart of social media. It is no secret that YouTube has had several problems with content regulation in its 13-year lifespan, the most recent of these being the removal of advertisements from videos deemed ‘unsuitable for advertisers’, thereby preventing their creators from earning money in an event that has come to be known as the ‘YouTube Adpocalpyse’. It appears that YouTube is now going one step further, with the outright removal of several videos from the platform.

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