Stanford University is offering this fall Introduction to AI (Artificial Intelligence) with identical coursework to its traditional physical classroom for free to all via the internet. At the moment, over 135,000 have signed up for the class.. This is enough people to form a real â€ścultureâ€ť in both the cultural and petri dish senses of the word. This is a unique moment and rare opportunity to observe and participate in the evolution of internet culture as well
Introduction to Artistic Intelligence will be a parallel course that will also be freely available to the public. This course will function both as real educational introduction to the tools and techniques used today in contemporary art and as a collaborative art project in its own right.
That artificial and artistic share the same word root is not accidental. The common Latin root is ars which encompasses our modern words for art, craft and skill. Both AI and the Arts are multidisciplinary fields that interested in perception, social organization, relationships between humans and objects, as well as the nature of intelligence itself. Likewise both AI and the arts have fluid borders between works of pure investigation and those with broad popular application. In diverse yet often parallel ways both artificial and artistic intelligence will profoundly shape the future of our society