Beyond the Creative Singularity

  • Jesse Damiani
  • Nxt Museum

Beyond the Creative Singularity

​In a 1999 interview, David Bowie tries to convince journalist Jeremy Paxman that the Internet is not an incremental innovation, but a sea change in how art is created, distributed, and experienced. “I think we’re actually at the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying,” Bowie says. “It’s not just a tool, it’s an alien lifeform.” ​

There is a similar sentiment today among proponents of generative AI. But what exactly is newly possible? Will there be new modes of creativity and social dynamics, and what are the impacts and byproducts of such changes? Who will be most affected? To discern signal from noise, these questions push us to assess four categories: automation and creative labor, augmentation and velocity, aesthetics and artistry, and convergence and emergence.