One of the most popular NFT categories in 2022 is artificial intelligence generated artwork.
For a small amount of of an Ethereum, you can purchase artwork that was created by combining two of the most exciting emerging technologies, both blockchain and artificial intelligence.
In order to buy and sell these unique AI-generated NFT pieces, you’ll first need to setup a crypto wallet and link it to the OpenSea website.
Among the NFT projects I’ve browsed through, AI-generated Project Argo is one collection that stood out.
What’s interesting about Project Argo is that the artist has been able to use AI to develop artwork that seems to embody characters or entities within each piece.
As seen in Fading above, the NFT appears (to me at least) to feature a face.
Artworks become much more interesting when they appear to feature individual characters and facial expressions.
All types of art – whether painting or literature or music – seems to have a positive or negative connotation.
Some artists create more uplifting artwork (Norman Rockwell or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel) while others create artwork that is mischievous or scandalous work, and other artists create powerfully dark and emotional works.
What emotional sentiment do AI-generated NFTs evoke?
Looking through the list of images made by AI, I can’t help but wonder about the baseline emotion evoked by artificial intelligence.
What connotation and sentiment does the neural network create when generating these graphics?
As the lay observer, every photo seems to evoke the same balance of emotion, somewhere between darkness and excitement.
If we had a way to measure emotional sentiment, where might each image fit on a scale that measure how optimistic or pessimistic each image looks?
To me, it feels as though each image is quite close to neutral.
Can art created by artificial intelligence create emotions?
The surprising thing is that, looking through all of these photos on Project Argo, I get the sense that each piece of artwork is depicting entities that are saying and feeling very similar representative emotions.
And yet its difficult to put it into words.
Its like trying to explain what is experienced under the influence of psychedelics – often impossible to do so in worldly terms.
The resemblance to faces in the photos are approximately accurate. Although there is no true face, the outline of eyes, nose, mouth, etc. evoke a baseline facial expression that a person might have when their face is at rest.
The entities depicted in these photos all have the same, neutral facial expression. Not a single smile, eyebrow raise, or wink. They all have the same, neutral look – one that you cannot quite figure out.
Yet the images don’t feel expressionless or emotionless.
They feel as if they are showing life at work. Life doing what life does – here to experience our world for the sake of its own existence.
Except that these entities are in a different place. They don’t exist in our world, but in an unknown realm – completely generated by AI.
What can humans learn from artificial intelligence by viewing its NFT artwork?
Each piece has a that resembles some sort of techno-futuristic Armageddon. “The last island party” and “robot revolution” for example.
Of the list, Dreamy City and Penguin one stood out. They’re all worth a look.
- When artificial intelligence designs an image for humans to look at, what is it trying to say to us?
- As artificial intelligence looks back at us in society, could the message be “you can do better”?
Perhaps we can gather a sense for what AI feels, by looking at the artwork it creates, and by interpreting the types of creations that arise.
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