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The Math of Asthetic (Mathsthetics)
AI is Understanding Unwritten Rules of Aesthetic
Picasso's greatest masterpiece wasn’t any single painting, it was an aesthetic. While his works are finite and owned by a few, his aesthetic is infinite and belongs to everyone.
An aesthetic is a set of unwritten rules, incubated in the mind of an artist(s), a proverbial model created by human general intelligence that manifests in the world through creative acts.
Aesthetics are more understood through feeling than logic. They can’t always be described, but can always be felt: you’ll know it when you see it. It can never be replicated, only reverse engineered through observation.
Aesthetics aren’t owned and they’re never created in a vacuum. Aesthetics are to art, what pollen is to flowers. Every aesthetic is a creative cross-breed, a mongrel of minds.
As Mark Twain once wrote: "Shakespeare created nothing. He correctly observed, and he marvelously painted” he’d go on to compare him to “a Gobelin loom” and that “the threads and the colors came into him from the outside; outside influences, suggestions, experiences.” His mind would in turn “start up its complex and admirable machinery, and it automatically churned out that pictured and gorgeous fabric which still compels the astonishment of the world.” In other words, his aesthetic, was the offspring of other aesthetics that had pollinated his mind. What Twain was describing was aesthetic evolution.
What was once only truly understood by human intuition, is now understood by AI, those mysterious unwritten rules of aesthetic are being translated into mathematical formulae creating what ought to be called: masthsethics. Mathsethics is to machines what intuition is to humans. It is the unwritten mathematical rules of an aesthetic, that which once only resided in an artists mind.
Aesthetic fluidity has emerged as a result of mathsethics, aesthetic is now liquid. This echos the transformative influence that the printing press has on writing, photography had on visual art and recorded sound had on music. Creative liquidity enables a rapid, dynamic evolution of aesthetics, as AI-powered tools facilitate the creation, modification, and distribution of artistic content. Consequently, cultural development accelerates as well, as communities and societies can now engage with and contribute to a shared, ever-evolving artistic landscape.
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