The Easel

7th September 2021

Appreciating the poetic misunderstandings of A.I. art

Just three years ago the first AI-generated artwork was sold at auction. Now, images can be generated via a Twitter account. Is this image making any more than a gimmick? It’s not clear. Many images are techno mashups, reflecting “the collective unconsciousness of the Internet”. But some have “incoherence” or “poetic misunderstandings” that are unmistakably non-human. What can we expect as AI tools improve further, as they will? “A cool civilisation”.