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Spring Symposium | Creativity in the Age of AI: AI Impacting Arts, Arts Impacting AI

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Creativity in the Age of AI: AI Impacting Arts, Arts Impacting AI

How is AI impacting the arts, and how are the arts impacting AI? Join us for our Spring Symposium for a conversation among technologists, scholars, and creatives – including both commercial and non-commercial sectors – about creativity in the age of AI from aesthetic, technical, social, ethical and legal perspectives.

AI and other transformative technologies that seem to tap creativity also tap into our most cherished ideas and deepest anxieties about what makes us human. Historically, creative expression—poetry, painting, novels, theater, music—has always been considered a distinguishing feature of humanity and the pinnacle of human achievement.

Generative AI begs answers to thorny questions about authenticity, valuation, provenance, creator compensation, artist copyright, and, by putatively automating creativity, insists we question tacit assumptions about the very nature of creativity and the creative process.

On the one hand, AI-generated and augmented art and language have upended the traditional professional art world, urgently renewing perennial questions about foundational aesthetic norms and valuation: What do we identify as ‘art’? What counts as ‘good’ art? Is artistry defined by ‘agency’ or automation? Just who or what can make art? And who decides?

But the arts are not simply reacting to the latest technology; arts ways of thinking and doing often provocatively challenge technological status quos, questioning – and offering alternatives to – some of the value systems, cultural ideals, and world models tacitly or explicitly informing AI technologies.

At this symposium, hear from artists and technologists about the ways their fields are changing each other.

Co-sponsors include Stanford HAI and Office of the VP of the Arts.
Funding, in part, is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation.

Agenda    Speakers    Resources

Event Organizers


Michele Elam

William Robertson Coe Professor of Humanities, Department of English, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Stanford University 

James Landay

James Landay

Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor, School of Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Denning Co-Director (Acting) of Stanford HAI


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