Aaron vs. Humans

While we can debate whether or not Aaron is an ‘artist’ or whether what he (he, for the purpose of this post) produces is ‘art’, there are a few characteristics he has that distinguish him from human artists.

– Aaron – seemingly – does not develop over time. Although he produces a different piece every time, there is no evidence that he learns from his prior work or experiments to create a new form of art. Typically, a human artist will change over time, learning new techniques or growing bored of a particular style, for example. Aaron will remain the same kind of artist until somebody changes his programming.

– As someone mentioned in class, Aaron cannot make judgments about his own work. He cannot look at a figure he has produced and decide that he actually doesn’t quite like the way it turned out. When human artists are painting or crafting, they can look at their works in progress and judge whether it pleases them and change what they are doing. Perhaps, as we saw in the Picasso video, one form produced will remind the artist of another thing and inspire a new direction.

– Aaron does not seem to have complex underlying goals, other than to produce the piece according to his program. Though one might argue that Aaron does have a “need” for expression (driven by his programming), he does not have political or personal messages to convey.

Presumably, some of these characteristics would be reconciled with more advanced AI technology.

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One Response to “Aaron vs. Humans”

  1. karen mackay Says:

    I appreciate your point about AARON not growing as an artist or his lack of purpose. I think these are both embedded characteristics of an artist. The world around us is constantly influencing our decisions, tastes, values, skills, etc. AARON is not affected by the world and exists in it without actually experiencing it. It is out experience of the world that shapes perceptions and with it the “message” we wish to ascribe to our art.

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