Can Machines Do Art History?

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With its vast memory, AI is far better at pattern recognition than humans could ever be, and because of this, computer scientist James Wang believes that AI can be used in art history. Art historians can benefit from an “objective third eye”, he says, to explain what they see in certain pieces. For example, it helped support the hypothesis that John Constable likely consulted Luke Howard’s nomenclature system for clouds to paint clouds so realistically in Cloud Study, scoring high in realism compared to actual pictures of clouds. Read full article here

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