About Stanford‚Äôs Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
1. Is this site part of the Stanford course Introduction to AI?
¬†NO, is the short answer. Yet at the same time yes it's related.¬† This course seeks to explore cultural dynamics created by 135,000 people all trying to do something new together as well as explore how intriguingly many topics in AI are interrelated to concepts in culture and art.
2.¬†Do you have information on about the Introduction to AI at Stanford?
Yes, since I‚Äôm taking the course myself I can give you some info
The official¬† site is here
The current syllabus here
The best way to get updates it to follow their twitter feed @aiclass
The text book both physical and e-book is here
The reddit study group is here
The link-in group here
Math and other rerequists? The course site indicates you should be familiar with¬† both statistics and linear algebra.¬† Most people seem to be reviewing both at Kahn Academy personally I love the MIT lectures by Professor Gilbert Strang for linear algebra.
Computer Language? If you aren‚Äôt familiar with a particular programming language they recommend Python which is free and open source.
¬†3. Are you affiliated with Standford or with Professors¬† Norvig and Thrun?¬†
No and given the number of student I doubt that they will even ever know this project exists. I‚Äôm human enough to wish otherwise. Since they need to concentrate on a huge job of managing the world largest class ever, I ‚Äėm philosophical about my anonymity. But I have sent Both Prof. Norvig and Prof. Thrun open letter by email and the text is here. UPDATE: Both Prof. Norvig and Prof. Thurn read my email and sent me nice short replies. There is a link now to this project in the Introduction to AI class website¬†here.
About Introduction to Artistic Intelligence.
¬†1. So what is Introduction to Artistic Intelligence then?
¬†It is an art class you can take and at the same time an art project you can join.¬† You can think or use it as one or the other or both. If you want to be technical, it is a new-media long-duration collaborative performance artwork.
2. What is¬†a new-media long-duration collaborative performance artwork?
Let's break it down. The project is an new-media artwork because we are using a new-media ( the internet) as the medium. It is long duration because a college semester is a long duration of time, compared to say an single evening. It is collaborative because we as a group will be actively making this together. All those element are pretty self-explaintory. It is trying to define performance art that becomes tricky. To quote from wikipedia "Performance art is an essentially contested concept: any single definition of it implies the recognition of rival uses. As concepts like "democracy" or "art", it implies productive disagreement with itself.¬†
Again from wikipedia "In¬†art,¬†performance art¬†is a¬†performance¬†presented to an¬†audience, traditionally¬†interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work." This extremely loose definition seems to leave out nothing yet somehow for me leaves out what is the most important about performance art - that it is loose collections of tools to turn our actions into signs.
1^¬†Carlson, Marvin (1998 (first 1996)).¬†Performance: A Critical Introduction. London and New York: Routledge. pp.¬†1,2.¬†ISBN¬†0-415-13703-9.
3. What is Introduction to Artistic Intelligence, not?
It is not a study group for Stanford‚Äôs Introduction to AI. Although you might be able to image it was a big study lounge where everyone can to talk about how the course effects their life rather than trade study problems. It‚Äôs not a Luddite rant against technology. There are other forums where one can do that nicely. It is not a pom pom pep rally to science either. I expect like everything in the arts, AI will get critiqued from most every angle but that‚Äôs hardly the same thing.
3. How will it work?
Each week of the course on Sunday there will be a video lecture.¬†Every week will also have one one or two short course assignments due Monday. The assignments are not time-consuming but intended so the ideas presented can be put in practice immediately. ¬†For the mid-term each person will collaborate on collective artworks ¬†similar to an exquisite corpse. Each person will work on the overall global artwork for the course final. Course participants will upload their assignments on to the website for optional private or public display (your choice). Anyone in participating¬† group can comment and discuss the artworks created. WORK WILL NOT BE COMMENTED ON BY THE PUBLIC.
At the end of the course there will be an internet-based exhibition as well as an exhibition at a physical site in Lavardin, France.
¬†4.¬†How do I join?
Just register. You will receive an email with more details as we approach the first day of the project OCT 16, 2011.
5. Why are you making Introduction to Artistic Intelligence at all?
One of the magical qualities of the artist's life is that everything you are interested can become part of the work. I started out in college interested in computer and robots. Although I spent my adult life as an artist, I have never lost the interest. I am old enough now to be intimidated by the chance of academic failure against a planet full of young-bloods fresh from school. When I think of the experience as a piece of performative art that I can share, it changes everything. That's the heart of performance art, it is real yet changes that reality. That is what makes it exciting. Because performance art is real not fiction, there is always a possibility of humiliating highly public academic scores. Yet failure? Failure is only if you don‚Äôt finish‚Ä¶.. It changes the ball game. I think there may be others among the 130,000 other students who might feel the same. ¬†Time will tell.