The Inaugural Harry Lustig Lecture: Arthur I. Miller, "Can AI Be the Next Picasso?"

Wed, Apr 27, 2022 - 04:00 PM — Wed, Apr 27, 2022 - 05:00 PM
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Advanced Science Research Center
85 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10031
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The City College of the City University of New York 
160 Convent Avenue 
New York, NY 10031 
Physics Department 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022; 4p – 5:15p EDT

Advanced Science Research Center Auditorium
85 St. Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10031

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The Inaugural Harry Lustig Lecture

Can AI be the next Picasso?

 Arthur I. Miller
Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
University College London (UCL)

AIs(Artificial Intelligence) are already creating works that we recognize as art. But does this make them truly artists? Can AIs possess the attributes of living beings even though they are alien life forms? If and when this is the case, their intelligence will no longer be ‘artificial’ but as real as ours. In my talk I will focus on the exciting art, literature and music already being created by artificial neural networks and consider the key issue of whether machines can be creative like us.

Arthur I. Miller is a CCNY Physics graduate who earned his Ph.D. from MIT.  After faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts and Harvard, in 1991 he became Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London.  He is the author of a ground- breaking theory of creativity which applies to both humans and machines. He has written many critically acclaimed books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty that Causes Havoc; 137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession; and The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity.


The Harry Lustig Lecture is supported by the Harry Lustig Fund, established in 2020 in honor of Harry Lustig, a 1948 CCNY Physics graduate who, from 1964 as Dept Chair, Dean of Science, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Provost of CCNY, helped transform CCNY from a world-class teaching institution into a world-class research institution.  After retirement in 1993, he went on to be Treasurer and Acting Executive Secretary of the American Physical Society.


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