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‘If artificial intelligence creates better art, what’s wrong with that?’

By John Collingridge

27 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Nicolai Tangen, CEO of the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, tells The Guardian that he's open to AI-created art and believes it could lead to more aesthetically pleasing works.

For a prolific art collector, Nicolai Tangen is remarkably relaxed about the prospect of masterpieces created by robots. The threat of AI-made paintings, impossible to distinguish from human brushstrokes, has sparked soul-searching and paranoia in the art world, but not with Tangen.

“Hey, if it creates better art that’s fantastic,” says the Norwegian philanthropist, art historian and boss of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund. “If you create something which is even more aesthetically pleasing, what’s wrong about that?”

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