The Art Angle Podcast: Google’s A.I. Art Guru on the New Age of Disruption

This week, K Allado-McDowell, A.I. researcher and founder of Google's Artists + Machine Intelligence program joins the show.

K Allado-McDowell. Photo: ICON.

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The arrival of A.I. will profoundly change the art world—if it hasn’t already.

A.I.-generated works have proliferated with the rise of A.I. art generators and large language models from DALL-E to ChatGPT, making their way into galleries and in some cases, winning prestigious awards. But the question remains: is it art, if it’s been dreamed up by an algorithm? Or do our existing definitions of art and art-making require rethinking in the age of machine intelligence? To help us answer these questions and more, the Art Angle looked to K Allado-McDowell, a leading voice in a rapidly evolving field.

As a long-time A.I. researcher at Google A.I., K founded the Artists + Machine Intelligence program, which since 2016 has nurtured artists including Refik Anadol. And as an artist, K has created works—from an opera to numerous books—alongside the language model GPT-3.

In a conversation with Artnet News’ Art & Pop Culture editor Min Chen, K shed light on their practice, their experiences with machine intelligence, and their view on how A.I. is changing the face of art.


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