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      Creative Artificial Intelligence within the Artificial Life Installation “Infranet”

      Proceedings of EVA London 2021 (EVA 2021)
      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
      5th July – 9th July 2021
      Artificial intelligence, Artificial life, Data art, Computational creativity


            The authors explore how current mainstream data-driven AI approaches can be questioned critically from a perspective of computational creativity and ecosystemic art. This centres on a critique of the future as being over-determined by the past; both from the data used, and in the questions or objectives assumed by training. The main contributions of this paper are to apply alternative creative approaches to nature-inspired artificial intelligence, and to detail some of these through their embodiment in the authors’ artwork “Infranet”. Infranet is a neuro-evolutionary art installation that exhibited at three international locations over 2018-2019. It uses geospatial data of the host city not as a training material but as a habitat for artificial life. In contrast to training-based AI systems, in Infranet there is no objective or fitness function and very little evolutionary pressure or competition. Moreover, it eschews the trend of a large and pre-specified neural network structure in favour of a population of thousands of small interacting neural networks, each with distinct structure, in a "liquid" process of continuous reorganization; resonating with some contemporary theories and models of non-conscious cognition in biological and ecological systems.


            Author and article information

            July 2021
            July 2021
            : 199-206
            [0001]York University

            Toronto, Canada
            [0002]OCAD University

            Toronto, Canada
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            Proceedings of EVA London 2021
            EVA 2021
            5th July – 9th July 2021
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Artificial life,Data art,Computational creativity,Artificial intelligence


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