Presentation given for the December meeting of Danbury AI.
Art has always been cherished as the most expressive and human production. The idea that a computer, a logical machine, can create the most quintessential human objects is preposterous to some. As anyone that has engaged in the artistic process will tell you, a lot of art is based on emotion, not logical rules. In this talk we will discuss the connectivist history leading to convolutional networks and their application in style transfer. I hope that the topics herein demonstrate to you that machine learning is a dramatic departure from rule based computing and that it does mimic intelligent behavior.