I am a theoretical physicist and retired Director of UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I am the author of three books: God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom (2009), The Achievement Gap in US Education: Canaries in the Mine (2005), and Quest for Truth: Scientific Progress and Religious Beliefs (2000).

You can email me at mano'”dot'”singham”‘at”‘case'”dot'”edu. I mentioned the fascinating Science Café talk on Deep Learning.

At the very end, there was a thought provoking question raised by an artist in the audience who asked whether such machines could create works of art. The speaker pondered the question and answered that in his opinion, the answer is no.

His reasoning was that in a work of art, the artist is trying to convey something based on their life experiences and emotions and a computer, however sophisticated and capable of learning, would not be able to draw upon such resources. But while it is true that an artist is usually trying to convey some meaning through their work, there is also the view that once it leaves the artist’s hands, the person viewing the work creates their own meaning and that this meaning is on a par with the meaning that the artist was trying to convey and not subordinate to it.

But this presupposes that the creator of the work had some meaning in mind, even if we are not told what it is. I definitely don’t have an answer to this question and suspect that no answer will satisfy everyone. Read more from freethoughtblogs.com…

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