Earlier this year OpenAI released ChatGPT, which showcased the ability of AI to write text, tell stories, and code to a pretty decent degree.
It marks the latest development in a wave of generative AI technology, including Stable Diffusion and DALL-E2, which have proven capable of generating incredibly sophisticated images. While these technologies have gained a considerable amount of attention, AI has been curating what we see ever since Google first deployed its PageRank algorithm to provide a degree of order to the internet.
The notion of AI curation has gained notoriety in recent years as more and more of us have accessed information via social networks, with nary a platform avoiding accusations of helping to spread misinformation in some way, shape, or form. Indeed, the UK aims to make social media executives criminally liable should they breach their duty to keep children safe online.
‘The Algorithmic Pedestal‘ offered a more traditional take on AI-driven curation. The project, which was created by Oxford University researcher Laura Herman saw the Instagram algorithm pitted against artist Fabienne Hess to curate art taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s open-access collection.