Frieder Nake erzählte auf dem Eyeo-Festival 2014 von einem Ereignis welches statt fand bei der ersten Ausstellung von Computergraphik mit dem selben Titel (“Computer Graphik”) im Februar 1965 in Stuttgart, bei der Arbeiten des Computers vom Ingenieur Georg Nees gezeigt wurden.
(After Max Bense explained generative art on the first computer graphics exhibition in Stuttgart) “Georg Nees got up and explained a bit how he was doing this, using computers in order to draw.
A free art painter, abstract expressionist, from the audience:
“May I ask a question, young man?”
“Yes of course please”
“Young man, can you make the machine draw the way I would draw?”
“Let me think… Yes of course! If you tell me how you do it.”
– Fabulous answer!
“Can you make the machine draw the way I do as an acknowledged painter?”
– The engineer, the mathematician, after thinking about it, says this:
“Yes I can do this if you are able to tell me how.”
Because we do not know how we paint, we do not know how we draw.
This question and answer solved, once and for all in my life, the question of artificial intelligence. There is no artificial intelligence, it’s impossible, and it’s stupid to talk about it unless what you mean is “that kind of intelligent behaviour that we have explained, that we have made explicit to such an extend that we can now even desribe it in programs, in computable functions.” But mathematicians know that there is many more functions in the world than our computer world.
This is not a belief, this is a mathematical proof. The world is full of functions, only a small number of them, it’s infinitely many, are computable. But the non-computable are infinetly, infinetly more. So there is no danger what so ever, we use these machines, and what ever we do with them, they must do it.
Even if I do not understand exactly what my program does, because my program depends on so many other programs that come in, and you do it quite differently maybe, because you collect things, you take these classes from here, and so on and so on, fiddle around a little, you don’t really know what to do. Which is okay.
Nees: “Yes, I can make my machine draw like you, if you tell me how.”
The artist: “WHAT! This is enough!”
– Ugly words, slamming doors, leaving.
The professor behind it: “Stay, please stay here! This is only artificial art!”
– The second term, so, that was invented in that very moment, again, using artificial intelligence of course.
“You do natural art” this implicetly sais, “this fellow here is doing it artificially.”