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How does this translate to art? My point is that art is also a form of communication.

We make and consume art for two reasons:

First, yes, also because it's pleasant. Beautifully played music, a well-done painting etc., they're all worthwile in themselves. We like art because it contains ARTISANRY. This is the part that AIs can do well, and are quickly getting better at.

Second, because there is a human being at the other end. Because through art, we are communicating.

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Imagine an AI reads past newspapers and can produce realistic-looking newspaper artists. Is that AI obsoleting newspapers?

NO!

Because something crucial is missing: The connection to the real world. We don't want to read newspapers because of the way they are written. We want to read them because they tell us about things that other people have observed in the real world.

At most, an AI can help a human journalist to write the actually relevant content in a pleasant format.

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All that talk that AI can produce art and will soon surpass human artists is cargo cult bullshit.

True, they create music that sounds somewhat like Bach, pictures that look somewhat like van Gogh, they may even put a lot of people in the art business out of work. But that's irrelevant to the question.

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Since some time I wanted to write a series of commentary/pitches/kudos/toots on I love.

Now is the time I'm actually going to start. I'll keep going every week on Wednesday and post another toot on a great !

If you love webcomics and graphic novels, listen in. I'll cover The Meek, Gunnerkrigg Court and Unsounded, just to name a few. You might learn about a few new, beautiful webcomics! To find all reviews I've written so far, just search for this hashtag:

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It's time for .

I'm a , functional programmer (, , , soon , user) and (differential topology, ).

Arts-wise, I love to do (have a look at manuelbaerenz.de/) and .

My philosophical and ethical viewpoints: I love and sentient beings a lot, I'm and . I think that, second to our ability to feel, our creativity is what makes us most valuable.

Just uploaded my new mini album / EP to #Bandcamp .

It's free to download, but you're welcome to pay something if you're able.

timrowe.bandcamp.com/album/dar

"Amateur” has come to mean “nonprofessional” or “unpaid.”

But the word is derived from the French aimer (“to love”) and literally means someone who “loves” what they do.

-- The Inner Game of Music

Why Dependent Haskell Is the Future of Software Development
serokell.io/blog/why-dependent

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White supremacists, Nazism, alt-right, banality of evil 

When Hannah Arendt coined the term "the banality of evil", she meant that evil is not an aberrant thing but the result of average people inspired by unexceptional motivations, such as professional advancement.

Yikes. "The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information... was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks." theguardian.com/technology/201

"The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from"

-- Andrew S. Tanenbaum

So why is it any better listening to someone actually play a piece on the piano in front of me, instead of listening to an AI generating some sound? Because I know that there is another person there who feels the same, or even something different, about the music.

Why is it gripping to look at Picasso's Guernica? Because I can feel the terror he felt. Because it tells me something about the time when it was painted.

Arts is artisanry and communication. AIs can only do artisanry.

How does this translate to art? My point is that art is also a form of communication.

We make and consume art for two reasons:

First, yes, also because it's pleasant. Beautifully played music, a well-done painting etc., they're all worthwile in themselves. We like art because it contains ARTISANRY. This is the part that AIs can do well, and are quickly getting better at.

Second, because there is a human being at the other end. Because through art, we are communicating.

Imagine an AI reads past newspapers and can produce realistic-looking newspaper artists. Is that AI obsoleting newspapers?

NO!

Because something crucial is missing: The connection to the real world. We don't want to read newspapers because of the way they are written. We want to read them because they tell us about things that other people have observed in the real world.

At most, an AI can help a human journalist to write the actually relevant content in a pleasant format.

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