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AI and Art II: The Creator

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Many theories of art include the creator of the work as a critical part of sorting art from non-art. An excellent example of this is Leo Tolstoy’s theory of art. As he sees it, the creation of art requires two steps. First, the creator must evoke in their self a feeling they have once experienced. Second, by various external means (movement, colors, sounds, words, etc.) the creator must transmit that feeling to others so that can be infected by them. While there is more to the theory, such as ruling out directly causing feelings (like punching someone in anger that makes them angry in turn), this is the key part for deciding whether AI created works can be art. Given Tolstoy’s theory, if an AI cannot feel an emotion, then it cannot create art. This is because it cannot evoke a feeling it has experienced nor can it infect others with that feeling. For it does not feel. However, if an AI could feel emotion, then it could create art—under Tolstoy’s definition. The known AI systems of. . .

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