Machines Explore Their Sensitive Side: The Emergence of Robot Art
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I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I registered for my Frontiers course, “Godel, Escher, Bach.” Our class, based on a book of the same name by Douglas Hofstadter, was largely math-based. As an Art History major, I was horrified. For my final project, I needed to find a topic my right-brain could more readily understand. The controversial issue of whether machines can make art was inspired by a PBS special called Scientific American Frontiers where host Alan Alda interviewed Harold Cohen, the creator of an artistic computer program called AARON. My paper chronicles the evolution of AARON in the context of whether computers should be considered creative.