Robopoets: Americans See Robot-Created Art On The Horizon
Walt Whitbot, Evelyn Waugh5000, and Ee.e. Cummings might be on the way, as a recent Pew study shows 51% of surveyed Americans believe that within the next 50 years machines will be able to create art that is indistinguishable from pieces created by humans.
The important thing to highlight there, machines will not only create art, but their art will be on a human level.
To put it in perspective, 39% of Americans believe that teleportation will be possible within that same time period, 33% expect that humans will be able to colonize other planets, while 81% believe that we will develop the ability to grow custom replacements for failing human organs.
Perhaps more interesting, a Huffington Post article explored the question of how people might feel about Jack Kerouac 2.0. Oscar Schwartz, a doctorate student working on a dissertation regarding robot art:
We’re emotionally and philosophically ready to deal with the idea of computers generating art. That's for a number of reasons, probably first and foremost of which is our constant proximity to technology and how integrated it is to our daily lives. When that starts to happen, people would probably start creating emotional bonds with various pieces of technology and feeling human-like things toward their devices.
The study shows a definite split on technology when it comes to improving our lives and what that looks like. Only 20% would be willing to eat meat grown in a lab. 72% would refuse brain implants to improve memory or mental capacity. 30% believe that improvements in technology will make our lives worse than they are today.
If you're curious how far along robot poetry is today, check out Schwartz's Bot or Not. Along the same lines, the Hemingway App blurs the lines between what we know about prose and how we feel about it.
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