A presentation by Aaron Hertzmann on October 5, 2022, hosted by the San Francisco chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.

Date and time: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 · 6 – 8pm PDT

Location: Online

Aaron Hertzmann – Adobe, Principal Scientist


I discuss whether computers, using Artificial Intelligence, could be considered artists. I discuss some relevant history of technology in art and of conceptual art, and the current hype and reality of computer art tools. I will also discuss different scenarios for how an algorithm could be considered the author of an artwork. I argue that art is fundamentally a behavior of social actors.

This is a Zoom event. The Zoom link will be given to registered attendees only.


Aaron Hertzmann is a Principal Scientist at Adobe and Affiliate Faculty at University of Washington. He received a BA in computer science and art and art history from Rice University in 1996, and a PhD in computer science from New York University in 2001. He was a Professor at University of Toronto for 10 years, and has also worked at Pixar Animation Studios and Microsoft Research. He has published over 100 papers in computer graphics, computer vision, machine learning, robotics, human-computer interaction, and art. He is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow.

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