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The computerization of the art

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Computer science and knowledge domains are normally developed in vertical specializations. For this reason, in the IT sector it is often difficult to deal with multidisciplinary issues in a transversal manner.

Those who design and develop information technology tend to see their experience as disruptive and neighbouring domains as dependent on their own, which is why transverse/horizontal visions are rare, despite their potential.


Art agrees with this vision. It cannot be confined to a specific field without emptying it of meaning because art is an abstractive capacity in opposition to the concept of artificial intelligence.

Art yearns for a vision that is made up of the absence of boundaries and the freedom to space between the different domains of knowledge.

So it is no coincidence that most of the computerized answers to art are given to questions that do not arise.

In fact, no one explicitly asks for an interface, a type of communication protocol, a framework for the promotion or sale of art, etc., but most of the subjects operating in the field of IT services to art respond with these types of technologies and services.

Given this opposition between the visions, the actors of the art and the suppliers of information services dialogue with great difficulty so that the former often find themselves refractory to a correct and functional use of what is offered by the latter.

However, since the real demand for services starts from the abstract nature of art, the answer needs a transversal vision and perspective among several domains, whose combination makes the relative business unique and disruptive.

This is true from the point of view of the effectiveness of services. But what can be said from the point of view of artistic production? Are IT tools in some way in competition with artistic production?

This is simply a matter of whether artificial intelligence can in any way replace human intelligence and artistic abilities. In reality, however, this is a badly asked question, the answer to which is too often unrelated.

In fact, although the speed of calculation and the integration of systems have favoured more and more elaborate software and therefore the implementation of more and more complex algorithms, nevertheless they suffer from some fundamental problems:

  1. they are written by men and therefore fallacious because they are not free from potential errors
  2. they tend to be entropic because they are not devoid of irrationality in their composition
  3. they are always written according to inductive reasoning.

In fact, computerization always proceeds by quantifying information and therefore tends to emulate concepts but cannot replace them because human intelligence does not only involve the inductive process; on the contrary, it mostly follows the opposite direction, that of deductive reasoning.

The human being's ability to think enables individuals to search for and find planes of abstraction that facilitate and allow communication. On the contrary, any computer attempt to emulate the deductive process, i.e. the abstractive process, never succeeds in freeing itself from its original sin: that of being created as a result of that quantization of information which is itself the result of the inductive process.

The question is also complicated by the fact that to date no one has really understood how the deductive process works, that is, how man can be inspired and how the brilliant brain works. Many have analyzed the question, but no one has provided an explanation so far that is objective and reproducible, if that is possible.

For this reason, regarding art, we cannot imagine an IT system that is able to produce it. As the art is always and only the result of a cognitive process of an abstract and deductive nature.

As a paradox, one can think of an IT system as a beautiful individual, technically good ( because it is efficient and effective), but without a soul.

In fact, an IT system is able to produce basically perfect outputs on the basis of predetermined inputs, but it cannot be as irrational as any artist. Therefore, he will be able to reproduce Van Gogh's trait, rather than Monet's, rather than any other artist's trait of any period, but he will always and only do so on the basis of algorithmic inputs and processes that come from the human being and it is unlikely that this will ever happen by intuition or even less by inspiration.


In conclusion, we can continue to think of an IT system as a valid tool to produce art, but it will certainly take a long time before it can be able to produce art on its own.

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