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Deep Neural Networks in Art Analysis: From Pixels to Paintings by AI Expert Dr. David Stork

Originally aired on November 1, 2023

In this episode of The Edge of AI, host Ethan Janney interviews Dr. David Stork, an expert in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision. Dr. Stork discusses his work in applying deep neural networks to art analysis and interpretation. He shares his optimism about the future of AI and its ability to enrich our understanding and appreciation of art. Dr. Stork also touches on the topic of AI replacing jobs and the importance of using AI as a tool to enhance productivity rather than as a replacement for human creativity.

Applying Deep Neural Networks to Art Analysis

  • Dr. Stork’s work involves using deep neural networks to analyze and interpret fine art paintings and drawings.
  • These computational tools help art scholars better understand the meaning and message behind artistic works.
  • The use of AI in art analysis can provide insights into lighting, perspective, symbolism, and other aspects of artworks.

The Limitations and Potentials of AI in Art Analysis

  • While AI can assist in analyzing and interpreting art, it does not replace the expertise and intuition of art scholars.
  • AI tools can help art scholars uncover hidden details, analyze lighting and perspective, and categorize artworks based on themes or emotions.
  • Dr. Stork’s book, “Pixels and Paintings: Foundations of Computer-Assisted Connoisseurship,” explores the potential of AI in the art world.

The Future of AI and Art

  • Dr. Stork is optimistic about the future of AI in art analysis and its ability to unlock new perspectives and understandings of artistic works.
  • AI can aid in the preservation and restoration of artworks, assist in authentication efforts, and contribute to the study of art history.
  • Collaborations between AI experts and art scholars can lead to exciting advancements in the field and enrich our cultural heritage.

Ethical Considerations and the Role of AI

  • Dr. Stork recognizes the ethical considerations surrounding AI, particularly in the areas of deepfakes, disinformation, and fake art.
  • AI can be a powerful tool for both good and malicious purposes, and it is essential to have experts working on detecting and preventing harmful use of AI technology.
  • Responsible AI usage involves using AI to augment human capabilities rather than replacing them entirely.

Chapters:

0:00:00 – Introduction: Who is Dr. David Stork?

0:07:44 – Learning Deep Neutral Network: Of Lip Reading and Cats!

0:25:17 – David’s Hard Take on Consciousness, and Should AI Have One?

0:47:34 – AI Wants to Know Dr. David Stork: How Music and Writing Paved his Career in AI & Art

0:57:26 – David’s AI Leaders & Influencers: Look Out For Ahmed Elgammal and Ingrid Daubechies

0:59:18 – David’s AI Resource List: Pixels And Paintings

1:03:00 – David’s AI Tips: Never Forget to Fine-Tune ChatGPT!