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Art-ificial': Wild 'Painting Computer' Produces Artistic Masterpieces

Does it still count as an artistic masterpiece, if a computer created it?

Simon Colton has created a seemingly intelligent computer program called the "Painting Fool" that can reproduce a range of styles, and its products are impressing viewers.

In the video below, according to New Scientist, the computer utilizes visual attributes of the human body to produce a crowd of people, then, in another work, what first appears to be a straightforward painting of a hand reveals a hidden dimension when turned sideways.

The program finds "inspiration" online by running web searches or trawling social networking sites, thereby selecting subjects most relevant to humans.

According to Colton, the fact that the computer has depicted fuzzy landscapes demonstrates that it may even have a rudimentary imagination.

Take a look at the video, below:

Do you think it counts as art if a computer created it?  And what will it mean if computers do start having "imaginations"?

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