Can Computers Create Art?

Aaron Hertzmann
Principal Scientist, Adobe Research

I discuss whether computers, using Artificial Intelligence, could create art. I review important points in the history of automation in art, examining the hype and reality of AI tools for art together with predictions about they will be used. The nature of current computer-generated art is discussion, and then it is hypothesized when we might ever credit an AI with authorship of art.

Aaron Hertzmann is a Principal Scientist at Adobe Research, an ACM Fellow, and an affiliate faculty at University of Washington and University of Toronto. He received a BA in Computer Science and Art & Art History from Rice University in 1996, and a PhD in Computer Science from New York University in 2001. He was a Professor at University of Toronto for 10 years, and has also worked at Pixar Animation Studios, University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, and Interval Research Corporation.