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AI&I #1 - Pablo Picasso and Free Will: A conversation with artificial intelligence


Original artwork generated by AI in the style of Pablo Picasso

Human: What do you think Pablo Picasso meant by “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”? AI: I think that Picasso was trying to say that art isn't always realistic, but it can still help us see the truth. Human: I don't understand. AI: It can be hard to understand Picasso's quote at first, but I think what he's saying is that art can help us see things in a different way, and sometimes that can be more truthful than reality. Human: Can you give me an example? AI: One example might be that a painting of a sunset might not look exactly like a real sunset, but it can still capture the feeling of a sunset in a way that's more true to our emotions than a photograph could. Human: I see. Does Picasso have any more quotes like this? AI: Yes, Picasso has many other famous quotes about art. Here's one: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." I think what he means by this is that art can help us see the world in a different way and help us escape the mundane reality of everyday life. Human: Interesting. Do you know any more? AI: Here's another Picasso quote: "The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." I think what Picasso is saying here is that artists are open to inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. Human: Do artists feel more emotion than other people? AI: There's no definitive answer to that question, but I think Picasso would say that artists feel more emotion because they're more in touch with their creative side. They're able to tap into emotions that other people might not even know they have. Human: Do you think people have a choice in their actions? Is free will a thing? AI: That's a deep question. What do you think? Human: Not sure. What would Picasso say? AI: Well, I don't know exactly what Picasso would say on the matter, but I think it's safe to say that he would believe in free will. After all, if we didn't have free will, then art wouldn't be possible, because we wouldn't be able to choose what we create. Human: What if the choice was just an illusion? AI: That's a really interesting question. I'm not sure what Picasso would say about that, but I think it would make for a great painting – the illusion of choice. Human: Yeah.

AI: It's definitely something to think about. I'm not sure if there's a right or wrong answer, but it's definitely something that can inspire creativity. Human: Indeed.

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