Image by Alex Squirrels from Pixabay
In an era when artificial intelligence has become the brush of the modern artist, we are at a crossroads in understanding the meaning of beauty. The advent of AI-based wisdom has created a unique "technological excellence" that is painstakingly crafted through unified algorithms and mathematics. While we marvel at the aesthetic wonders of artificial intelligence, we should stop and consider the philosophical implications of this new paradigm. Is beauty an objective measure that can be perfect, or is it inherently imperfect and subjective?
In mathematics, the concept of an asymptote is a perfect metaphor for the pursuit of technical excellence. An asymptote is a line that approaches the curve but never reaches it. Similarly, the pursuit of beauty often feels like an endless journey towards an unattainable goal. Artificial intelligence, with its ability to analyze large datasets and create artwork based on predetermined criteria, seems to be pushing us further down the path of pure beauty. But can we really get there? More importantly, should we do it?
The Paradox of Technological Excellence
AI approaches art based on data and algorithms that lack the subtle emotional and experimental nuances that human artists bring to their work. While AI can produce technically flawless works of art, it often lacks the “soul” or emotional depth that comes with the human experience. This leads us to wonder if technological excellence is an empty vessel that satisfies the desire for aesthetic pleasure but lacks an emotional or philosophical core.
The human body in art
Recent research has examined the psychological and emotional factors that influence our perception of art. Research shows that people have a negative view of AI-generated artwork, preferring those that are judged as artificial based on various criteria such as adaptability, beauty, depth, and value. Interestingly, the study found that a positive subjective attitude towards AI moderated these effects, especially with regard to judgments about how deep a work is for the viewer and its market value. This shows that our emotional and philosophical attachment to art is intimately tied to our understanding of the human experience behind it.
Wrinkles on fabric
In the field of artistic creation, the human body can serve as an indispensable cornerstone. Art is not just a brush stroke or a knife mark; The artist enters his work with emotional and philosophical depth. This human touch often manifests itself in unique imperfections, embellishments and quirks that make each piece a unique expression of the human experience.
While AI can perform technically flawless tasks, it often lacks that kind of emotional richness. The absence of the human element can reduce art to an aesthetic without the deep emotional and philosophical attachment that turns art from entertainment to soul-stirring. This suggests that our relationship to art is rooted in our desire to see through artistic means the complexities and contradictions of human experience.
imperfection of perfection
The emergence of artificial intelligence as a tool for artistic creation challenges our traditional notions of beauty and challenges the philosophical underpinnings of what we call aesthetic beauty. While AI may approach "technological perfection," it acts as a mirror reflecting the complexities and contradictions that define human experience and artistic expression. As we travel through this new landscape, we must be prepared to embrace the clash between aesthetics, thought, and technology, recognizing that the true essence of art is not to achieve perfection, but to capture the imperfect human condition.