Man, machine, art, cyborg

If man is becoming ever more fused to machine,

The Soul of a New Machine
Once a speculative idea, the cyborg is now a familiar subject in the humanities


Cyborgs are hacking into the intellectual mainframe. They have taken over cultural studies, established a colony in the English department, and—wet circuits glistening—started to invade anthropology. (The media-studies people never had a chance.) Intimate couplings of flesh and technology, cyborgs dismantle old ideas about “nature” and “culture,” “man” and “machine,” scrambling them together in encrypted patterns that can scarcely be imagined by “humans”—to use another terribly old-fashioned word …

can the machine side be artistic?

If a Machine Creates Something Beautiful, Is It an Artist?


Ask most chess grandmasters if chess is art and they will say unequivocally, “Yes.” Ask them if chess is also a sport and the answer will again be yes. But suggest that chess might be just a very complex math problem and there is immediate resistance.

But if computers become better than humans at chess, does that mean that computers are being artistic or that chess is essentially a complicated puzzle?