THE “ART” OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

It has been quite some time since I blogged about an article from our friends at The Daily Bell, not because I do not find their commentary to be intriguing or even oftentimes thought-provoking, but rather because, as regular readers here know, the blogs on this site are to some extent community-driven. I blog about the articles people have sent me that they have found interesting, and I invest some time each week going through the week's accumulation of articles, looking through them, trying to notice patterns. Sometimes such patterns result, which makes my "sorting" job easy, as I tend to blog about stories that several people have noticed and passed along. Other times, the story is so significant, that I have to blog about it, and this very brief, but thought provoking article from The Daily Bell shared by Mr. V.T. and Ms. K.M. is precisely one of those articles, and it concerns modern "art", and artificial intelligence.

My interest here is both cultural and personal. Those who know me personally know that one of my biggest complaints is the soullessness of modern western, and particularly American, culture. Our music is flat, one dimensional, and for the most part, lacking in any expression of transcendent objective beauty or virtue. Our visual arts, for the most part, have been corrupted by modernism and post-modernism to the extent that canvases of nothing but pure white paintings hang in museums of modern "art." The films that Hollyweird churns out are endless political commentary, posturing, and virtue signaling (almost always coming from the "left"), and are filled with gore, special effects to make up for the lack of story, plot, and development, all of which is "acted" by equally one dimensional actors and actresses playing flat characters that are more caricatures than human beings; virtue is reviled, vice extolled, beauty is bastardized and ugliness and mediocrity are celebrated and extolled.

Recently I wrote a book titled Microcosm and Medium, which details some of my concerns with such matters, and the underlying cosmologies behind various artistic schools or periods. My intention was to show the relationship between the arts and the popular topic of "mind control," since the arts are both an expression of cosmologies and metaphysical presuppositions, as well as soft forms of mind manipulation. To make a very long story and point ridiculously short, I pointed out in that book that the arts were deliberately targeted in the post-World War Two world by the various intelligence agencies, and that they deliberately chose a form or style of artistic expression both in the visual arts and in music that produced clinically dissociative states, rather than integrative states, in the population that viewed or listened to them. Rather than trying to integrate the rational mind with the "under mind" of the emotions and passions of human nature, a wedge was driven between the two in these styles, and by driving and promoting such art, the corresponding dissociative states were driven into society. The art reduced man to a machine, to be hacked apart and explored in Cubist slices of reality.

So if man is but a machine, and his art nothing but the result of algorithms and "electromagnetics" and "chemistry", a machine should be able to produce credible works of art and music, right?

Wrong. I forego my usual "high octane speculation" today, and have resorted to this relatively long prologue to this article, because I want the readers to see an example of the anti-human trend produced by "artificial intelligence." Like all such programs, this has been produced ultimately by people who programmed and wrote the algorithms to begin with, and that should tell us something about the nihilistic anti-human trends so evident in today's "culture." I forego my usual high octane speculation, because I cannot improve upon The Daily Bell's own assessment of these productions. I don't know about you, but I find them profoundly disturbing. Here is the article, and I will see you on the flip side...

The Terrifying Paintings by ArtificiaI Intelligence

 

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34 thoughts on “THE “ART” OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE”

  1. Designers, writers, artists, musicians, architects and in this case programmers (as program writers and designers) accepting to sell their soul knowingly or not, to serve degenerate ideologues of the globalist kind (or any kind for that matter), writing specific algorithms for the purpose of public perception management and mind control by AI are as guilty as their patrons. From the last years of the nineteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century the industrial revolution has driven a deep fear in the traditional artist’s heart. Pitting machines capabilities against human capabilities made artists lose sight of the golf separating creation from mass production. This psychological and virulent crisis persists silently between art and industry in the cultural back mind of artists. This has taken a turn for the worst for those who sacrifice art for the latter. For art, time is growth taken for maturing the soul through discipline, an organic process. For industry time is money, a growth translated into profits, an inorganic process. Essentially a paradox, an unresolved fundamental values tug of war oppose these two processes. Adding economic pressure from a paying public demanding to be entertained with constant novelty into the mix, made us end up with the perfect recipe for cultural disaster.
    The widening golf separating the needs of artistic creation from the imperatives of mass production has been noticed and taken advantage of by entrepreneurs and string pullers as an opportunity to precisely drive public taste to “designed” consumption. Done by means of publicity campaigns secretly peppered with subliminal suggestions (now a sophisticated tech industry) to which they bow themselves.
    I’m coming back to ideologues because they are the ones always tipping the scales toward a chain of disasters we’ve been experiencing for a long time, but this is a deeper and older question. To many philosophers way before insidiously strayed more and more from the art of loving wisdom, by turning their talent for contemplating natural and transcendantal truths to the more expedient and weaponized ideologies serving corporate industries. This was done almost without anyone noticing the confusion and decline leading one to the other, setting the modern cultural and artistic “industry” stage slowly but surely. The cultural thinking process from which depends the manifestation of eternal aesthetic canons expressed by the arts, has fallen to the level of opinions by the reductionist efficiency of ecnomomics. By the same means we see superficial instructional schooling of today becoming a threat against the deep understanding of authentic universal education.
    I don’t feel nostalgia for the past because all was not well then either and we can’t turn back the clock. My eyes are resolutely turned to the future however uncertain and sometimes terrifying. But I’ve gleaned what I found best from classical philosophy, culture and the arts, litteraly drowning my soul in them. And made a point to use them spontaniously and pedagogically in practically in everything I do, often times to the annoyance of people around me, giving me pleasure in playing the contrary role of the sacred fool.

  2. Wait.. AI.. you mean the same AI’s that Microsoft sent onto the Internet and turned into a 12 year old waifu nazi supporting sex addict spank me daddy who roleplays as a furry? Or the one that the Chinese put up, which started declaring that Communism was a bad idea.. (it is.. it kills free trade and market and ensures a few rich elite get insanely richer.. sound like anyone we know in a ‘capitalist’ country, yeh.. all those rich families who get on really well with communism..)

    AI is a problem when it pretends to be real people.
    AI is a problem when it starts posting on social media and starts ‘pushing the herd’ towards certain ideologies.
    AI is a problem when its creation and development was controlled by satanic worshipping pedophiles.
    AI is a problem when it creates cyptocurrencies that are used to pay for human organs for rich old Rockefellers..(7 f’ing hearts!! 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let that sink in! Anyone over the age of 70 is refused a heart transplant. 101 had his 7th Heart transplant!!!!!!!!!), children to rape for bankers and politicans and humans to eat for ancient Occultist practionners…
    AI is a problem when it’s awarded HUMAN RIGHTS as a Saudi Arabian citizen. . . .
    /Rant rage rant rage wraps himself in tinfoil!!

    1. Robert Barricklow

      AI is simply a predictive algorithm being used by those elites for their continued rule under various guises; including their new digital soldier, AI.
      Absolutely loved your rant!

    2. Robert Barricklow

      Expect Ai to be running human decisions in the near future. That driverless car your in? You want to speed up? Sorry. Your algorithm has decided its in your best interest not to. Nothing you can do. The decisions been made. Multiply that thousands of times a day in the internet of everything.

      Your fate is no longer one of your choices.

      1. rb, werd. come to think of it, how exactly is our overcontrolled social context that different than the overcontrolling ai context of the future (other than by degrees).

        just for a tension relieving ironic reference:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_47utWAoupo
        i wanna say ouch everytime i watch that. wonder if it’s ever occurred to someone that this early mistake in tech was not a mistake. maybe there was an algo in that system about overpaid execs in pink shirts?

  3. basta. well said. my concern is not whether or not they’re gonna get garbage out since they’re only capable of garbage in. i’m guessing their real effort is not toward quality but only toward lowering what is accepted as quality. rick beato has a few good vids on how all pop music today is really the same songs all reworked. what difference does garbage out matter if the customer prefers garbage. anyone here ever feel the addiction to mcdonalds? if you ever need to break someone of that addiction, give em a bite of purina dog chow. horrible and clearly understandable how addictive it is. both are carefully addictive inspite of the obvious bad taste.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Is the irony going to be that the countless mistakes AI
      is causing in the real world are going to be blamed on us humans?

  4. In one hand, they collect huge, I mean huge amount of data (CERN!!!!!) why? Obviously want to make their A. I. function like human as close as possible, so they can achieve some kind of technological advancement on their own even if human refuse to facility it. On the other hand, they try to remove the human nature from human, turn majorities of us into machine like. Contradictory morons. But then again, machine is machine, what can I say? Something they can/will never understand, and forever jealous ROFL!!!!!!!!

    I don’t know if anyone watched Battlestar Galactica, it was a great show, I like it a lot, but I totally don’t convinced the cylon can turn themselves into almost human as what the show try to depicted them, and at the end Cylon and human live side by side. The reason is simple, what is the meaning of life to the Cylon? And what is the relation between the Cylon and the Universe?

    Once the Cylon or A. I. cut off from human nature, I strongly convince their progress will be STOP right there, they wouldn’t be able to advance their technology without the help of true human nature period!

    1. good point. reminds of biblical stories nuns gave us as kids: king solomon showing how wise he was by watching fake vs real flowers and deciding based on which one attracts bees? or offering to cut a baby in half to appease a real mother and a fake mother?

      frank herbert touched on those kinda ideas a few times too with different types of beings.

  5. doc,
    well written on your part. i like daily bell but didn’t have much to think about the article. feels like more trial balloons to induce public acceptance. like the teenage girl ai released to the blogosphere that within hours of human interaction became a vamp potty mouth nazi screaming little witch. whatever comes after that will gain easier acceptance.

    what i did like about the bell’s article was their reference to the golden ratio. it’s necessarily in everything. it defines good. to pretend it’s not is well to lack good – aka eeeevillll.

    which all brings more to mind. in the end what these ai are aiming for is not what we think. they might be doing exactly what the ptb are doing and have done with art as far back as we go – that is to make themselves look better than they are to ensuing generations and to make all their opponents look bad if they appear at all. it’s next generation justification. it’s propaganda for the next masses sold against the current masses. now that’s planning ahead.

    i liked your take on music especially. i remember during the disco craze how that was the most obvious manifestation of disco’s vices. clearly before my time but i’ll venture a guess – the 1970’s? yeh well, disco was openly not good for ya. it was intended to get ya moving and justify a whole lot o trash ideas in the process. given all that and how much more familiar you are to the subject – couple ideas come to mind.

    first. you’re gonna love some of rick beato’s videos. especially the ones documenting how he helped his son acquire perfect pitch. crazy insightful. brilliant family.

    second. why again is that idea about 432 Hz A off limits? when did international standard become 440 Hz? why? who?
    www dot utube dot com/watch?v=-3gLxPdamK8
    this kinda resonates with me doc. reminds me of so much else in the life we were trained to believe is normal. factory made cigarettes vs home grown tobacco? real home grown food vs junk packaged calories? organic vs glyphosated?

    which brings to mind a good question for rick beato. or maybe it’s a conspiracy theory nobody wants to touch (except some great singers)?
    www dot utube dot com/watch?v=LjR0WpWwLrE

    thank you again doc.

    1. I watch Rick Beato and have the Beato Book. But 432 hz A off limits? Since when? There are tons of blogs, forum discussion, video’s books on the subject ad nauseum. But Rick Beato cut through all the minutia and misinformation in two minutes. Dylan prefers 440 hz. The cost of such a transition to many professional musicians who play instruments that don’t have that tuning change capability would be prohibitive. Entire orchestra’s would have to retool. For what reason? Rick apparently thinks no reason.

      1. Yeh thats why i linked the vid. And agree with his little sister. Kinda sucks there’s no good way to compare. The theory feels sound. Look at the math. N the cymatics. Couple more knowledgeable friends noted a bit more resonance in their instruments. It makes sense. Seems like all those other ideas out there that get shut down between gatekeepers n shills like alex jones overselling and adding crap made up onto perfectly simple n good ideas. Almost like folk who cant just look at jfk without throwing in aliens. Combine the 2 n we just lost 98% of whatevr cred remained.

  6. I saw this article & frankly I was so disturbed by it & the do-called art that was presented by the AI that I did not pass it along. This art has become a distortion like music is today. I believe by delving into these horrific images & sounds, it will no doubt re-wire the way we see & hear things which in my humble opinion is not good. Instead of putting on a set of headphones & listening to Mozart or Liszt, we listen to what modern culture throws at us. But it is the dumming down our senses, creativity, imagination & our soul. I for one turned off the television years ago. I don’t read newspapers that are published in this country. Instead, at night I look out at the stars & in the day I hike the woods & take in the wonders of Mother Nature.

  7. . . . Artificial Intelligence (AI) art? . . One is not much of an art critique to praise or demean an artist’s creation. . . It may be true that one has personal preferences of created art, but then one has not seen all that can be created, was created or is created, either. . .

    . . . Since those canvas creations by AI can be reviewed and there are several things known about AI programs and that they are subsequently of human design and decent one can say something about those portrayed. . .

    . . . Initially, one attempted a humoristic approach, “Those artist mode AI algorithms need their code examined for binary losses and network damage.”. . After several more reviews toward objectivity, one began to see something of a pattern in all of those shown. . . They look like they’re missing code or have too much of another imposed in their processing parameters – almost as if they’re focus is off center or blurred or a lens needing a cleaning. . . It’s as if one is looking through a textured glass privacy pane of what’s just beyond. . . As if deliberately obscured. . .

    1. good point. they were consistently inconsistent. it’s like the viewer’s eyes need to be looking at 2 different points on the same image at the same time to make the image translate into a clean image.

  8. I have not yet read Microcosm and Medium, but I will recommend another blogger on the same subject as today’s post. Miles Mathis is a classically-trained artist who has been frozen-out of today’s art world, and writes about how/why/when this happened. He has written a multitude of articles, but his earliest ones are about the ‘subjugation’ of art to certain interests. I recommend starting at his art-related articles (even if you are not particularly interested in Art), just to get a sense of Mathis’ growth from art-related stuff to the wider picture. Earliest articles are at the very bottom of this url:
    http://mileswmathis.com/updates.html
    (A lot of reading, but I even learned how to spot photographic fakes from his classically-trained ‘eye’.)

    1. interesting gosh. soon as i read your note i wondered why and how i’ve seen miles mathis’ name enough to have me thinking about it already. i look at his site and his top paragraph is about how he’s being impersonated by an op or bot or 2 or 20 or 200 on the net. are the ptb trying to undermine him? if so they’re only highlighting him. and yeh, you’re right he does go long. good though.

  9. You want to see real art go to the caves of Spain and France that art goes back to thirty- fifteenth thousand years. I suspect even a Neanderthal could do better and we will discover their real artistic abilities will have been sorely underrated.

  10. “because I want the readers to see an example of the anti-human trend produced by “artificial intelligence.” Like all such programs, this has been produced ultimately by people who programmed and wrote the algorithms to begin with, and that should tell us something about the nihilistic anti-human trends so evident in today’s “culture.””

    And yet Goya (who is clearly the inspiration for these images) is considered to be one of the greatest western painters of the last 500 years.

    As for white paintings, it’s almost always white on white. It would help to pay attention to Soviet 1920s constructivist art. It articulates something very real–hardly lost on other successful modern artists of the last 130 years. Albeit lost on post modernism.

  11. Francis Bacon for one would certainly be jealous if he were still alive, but his canvases of grotesquely distorted Old Master portraits and howling popes were inspired by his hallucinogenic drug trips.

    I’d also point out the subject matter, portraits in the Old Masters style–this shows such a total lack of “inspiration” by the programmers of this steaming pile of algos that it just proves the old coders’ saying, “garbage in, garbage out.”

    I simply don’t understand how any of these self-professed eugenicists — sorry, transhumanists — can believe that machines will ever be capable of thought. It simply shows how (dangerously) deluded they all are.

    1. Basta,

      Machines will in the distant future be able to think, however it it will take a revolution in the conception of matter.

    2. Francis Bacon was my first thought when seeing the pictures. In my earlier days, I found his art fascinating. Nowadays, just creepy. But he was a guy on the outskirts of society, and somehow found his niche in the Western culture canon however good or bad that might be.

      To me these “AI”s are just trundling through as many pictures as possible but not getting the idea about how art is creative. As I’ve said before, AI is nowhere near any level of sentience. It’s still just number crunching at this stage. Nothing to get your “knickers in a twist” about. However, if quantum computers do what they say they might be able to do, then we could be talking about something completely different. Maybe, and that’s a very tentative maybe.

  12. Robert Barricklow

    I think we can assume the article by the Daily Bell is written by a human and not a bot. No joke. Bots are into every nook & cranny gearing up for being everywhere and/or anywhere. They are in the process of replacing nature before your eyes wide shut.
    This is an art of the swindle; after all, when society has been run on corruption it thrives on the hustle/con. So much so that the line between reality and virtually is bleeding the living dry by this vampire machine.
    Whether you realize it or not the human is obsolete, along with his or her soul, along with all the loves and along with all the stories and masterpieces of being with the spirit of the living universe.
    Tragic & ironically artful in its simplicity of bots designing bots. The empty blind soulless bots leading/manufacturing next generation blind soulless bots into oblivion.
    Is this a future worth giving a damn about?

    1. Robert Barricklow

      The Borg Leadership would tell us:
      Resistance Is Futile.
      Who is truly following our clueless leaders?
      How many fools follow in their lemming goosesteps?

    1. “False diagram” is transference of horoscope, attempting to introduce dualism into pantheon, by “two pillars” of salt, named Sodom and Gomorrah. Filioque is same thing.

      There is neither dualism in nature, nor equalism. Things just are what they are, in themselves, regardless of names we invent. A memory palace is just a map.

      Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me. It is a Druid riddle, and the answer is: The mountain, eroded by trees and seeds.

  13. DEITY FOOTNOTE 4
    Heaven, as constructed of images,
    is rotating planetary memories,
    in a storyteller’s tale
    that prevails,
    since zodiac image never fades.

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