Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 267–284 | Cite as

Art: Brought to You by Creative Machines

  • Steffen SteinertEmail author
Research Article


In this paper, I argue that machines can create works of art. My argument is based on an analysis of the so-called creative machines and focuses on technical functions and intentions. If my proposal is correct, then creative machines are technical artifacts with the proper function to bring about works of art. My account is based on sensible conceptual connections between makers, technical artifacts, intentions, and the creation of art. One upshot of the account presented here is that we do not need a new conceptual framework or dubious assumptions about artistic agency on part of machines in order to arrive at the conclusion that creative machines make art. I will conclude the paper with some remarks regarding the artistic value of items produced by creative machines.


Creative machines Technical function Proper function Intentions Artworks Artistic value 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Neurophilosophy and Ethics of NeuroscienceLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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