A guide to cyberarts: From bots to glitch, an annotated glossary for an age of augmented reality

By Cate McQuaid

Art lovers, are you cyber-curious but having trouble keeping your AR straight from your AI? With technology vaulting ahead faster than ever, it can be hard to keep track. We reached out to George Fifield, executive director of Boston Cyberarts, for guidance, and created a glossary.

Artificial IntelligenceComputer programs designed to think and perform tasks like humans. In machine learning, a form of AI, a computer sorts through vast data sets to accomplish a task, learning as it goes. It doesn’t need to be programmed; it teaches itself.

California artist Alexander Reben’s series “amalGAN” uses a type of machine learning, generative adversarial networks, that pits one learning network against another.

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