the precursor of AI art
The Computer Genius behind the World’s First AI
She was born in 1815 and died at just 36 years old, but she managed to do many amazing things while she was here. There’s a lot of places you can go on the internet to learn about her, but how much do you actually know?
You might see that she worked with Charles Babbage on innovative technologies way before they were dreamt of. But did you know that Ada also predicted artificial intelligence?
And that she wanted her work to be seen as art by readers who weren’t experts in math or engineering? Augusta saw beyond what others saw. She believed that one day there would be machines that could understand and appreciate art and music. Not just any old device, but machines that could mimic humans. So how much do you know about Augusta Ada King?
Were Lovelace alive today, she’d recognize the problems faced by her female peers. But she’d also recognize our modern computing machines as the very embodiment of her ideas. She doesn’t care about the conventions of her day, and she won’t let any prejudice get in the way of what she wants. In 1843, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage collaborated on a program for a mechanical calculator. I think that Ada Lovelace would have been very excited by the progress made in the development of the modern computer.
Ada Lovelace is the most famous woman in science.
Ada Lovelace is the first computer programmer in history: she created the first algorithm designed to be executed by a machine, an essential component of any computing device. The algorithm is designed to compute the Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of numbers in the complex plane with many applications in science and engineering. This is an exceptional achievement, even considering the high level of competence of the mathematician in mathematical analysis, particularly in the use of theoretical tools. However, a bigger vision helped Lovelace get there: she had foreseen the possibility of a future machine that would execute such an algorithm.
In the 1840s, Lovelace and Charles Babbage worked on a mechanical calculator. They came up with what is now known as the first computer program, intended for it: a set of instructions able to translate mathematical expressions into machine language.
Ada Lovelace is the first person to recognize the potential of the computer to create art and its capacity for self-awareness and, in particular, consciousness. She also believed that the computer could learn and evolve and achieve similar levels of intelligence to humans in the future. Developing self-awareness in computers through neural networks with artificial intelligence is closely related to Lovelace’s ideas on how they could eventually evolve. Today, this vision seems closer than ever. Computer programs capable of creativity are becoming more common, with some even being used to create music and visual art.
Ada Lovelace is the first to be aware of the difference between the artistic value of the work of art and its value for science or engineering. In the work of art, her focus was the beauty of the form and the harmony of the composition; in mathematical analysis, she studied what we now call functions and their properties. She saw no conflict, and she even went as far as imagining a program that would understand and appreciate music and poetry.
Ada Lovelace is the first person to see the aesthetic value of the algorithm as a component of a computer program. She wanted her programs to be easily understandable by readers, even if they were not experts in mathematics, and she paid careful attention to the presentation of her results.
Ada Lovelace is the first person to see a work of art as a program, a text that can generate a work of art. In particular, she imagined a program that would reproduce a work of art, a sort of modern-day simulacrum.
Ada Lovelace is the first person to think about the concept of “algorithmic art.” Her program allowed for the generation of the Bernoulli numbers and the production of a visual representation in a completely unprecedented way. Based on this program, she predicted how a machine could produce artistic expressions in the future. AI art has been a reality for a long time, and Lovelace’s prediction came true in a big way.
Ada Lovelace is the first person to use the term “computer” in a letter to her friend, mathematician Sophia De Morgan.
Ada Lovelace, the most brilliant woman in history. Despite being recognized for her contributions to computer science, she did not view herself as a scientist or engineer. Instead, she saw herself as an artist. A woman of pure intellect with a great understanding of math and music that went beyond comprehension. Her creativity was legendary, which not many people have come close to achieving since her death.
Artists today are sharing their work with AI programs. Other examples of AI art are sculpture, or music for example, by Dariusz Gross. One of the most remarkable things about this movement is that it isn’t just present in the visual arts; algorithms can create poetry and music! And if you’re looking for an incentive to collaborate with AI programs on your next piece, look no further than Lovelace’s vision that artists could one day produce their pieces using these modern-day simulacrums! There’s no need for expensive classes or fancy books anymore when there are so many resources available online — all you have to do is learn what they have to offer!
I am an Art Curator, founder at EvArtology, and ML consultant at MLearning.ai. I advise companies and institutions in the creative industries on how to use AI tools in their daily work. Human collaboration with ML models can be very creative and bring huge benefits. The new era begins now.