Welcome to the new Tech+Art Podcast!
Join us on this adventure as we meet & speak with: artists, makers, researchers, designers and creators from all background and fields.
Our objective is to understand their creative perspective, dive into their workflow & creative process, be inspired by new ideas and their work – and stay one step ahead of cutting-edge industry developments.
In this episode, we’re chatting with Mike Tyka, an Artist and Software Engineer at Google.
Coming from an academic background with a PhD in biophysics, Mike’s artistic work has focused both on traditional mediums as well as the uses of technology, such as 3D printing and artificial neural networks.
Mike also co-founded the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google.
Mike’s work has been showcased around the world from Seattle to Tokyo.
[ 18:03 ] – I think it’s another tool. And each time a new tool comes along it sort of opens up different ways of working because typically something that was laborious before becomes sort of trivially easy and then your mind can concentrate on something else.
[ 19:47 ] – […] And so I feel like that technology sort of enabled that entire development which we now know and love looking back. And so I think that’s true for most technologies. Generative technologies seem really interesting applications where people, for example, instead of painting with a color, you paint with semantics […] the neural network figures out the details […] and so again, the person driving this process is now thinking on another level […] they think ‘ok, what do I want here? And how does it relate to the other things in the image?’. It’s a completely different way of drawing. I’m not saying it’s better or worse – it’s just different.