The biggest intersection of artificial intelligence and creativity is in your clothing.
What in the world do fashion and AI have in common? The short answer is- everything. The long answer is so much more intriguing. Mindful, vulnerable, and authentic might be words we think about when we think about art and fashion. But would you use those same words to describe AI? Probably not… or at least not yet, something Alex Maki-Jokela is working to change. Maki-Jokela is the founder of Spirit & Glitch, a ne hundred percent artist owned clothing and design company located in the heart of San Francisco.
First, Let’s Talk About That Name
Spirit & Glitch is a company that experiments with AI often, and the result is clothing that is, not only made in the USA; but also well thought out, unique, and transcending the boundaries we often find with clothing brands in general. The pieces themselves cannot be easily duplicated, which brings us to a very important point. “Spirits are emergent flows of truth, beauty, love, possibility, and vitality. Glitches are a naturally occurring phenomena in which reality transcends boundaries, often in poetic or uncanny ways. We’re into those sorts of experiences, and we design clothing for people who are also into those sorts of experiences.”
Counteracting the Commonality of AI Fear
There is so much fear around the direction or possibility in artificial intelligence, and the reason is simply a lack of education because there is so much that is so new. Which is common as well, that society often rejects technological advances before they are accepted, so it’s a great place to start a conversation about those fears, with one really important point: AI works best with human counterparts. It seems that a lot of the fear around machine learning is where that leaves human potential, especially in artistic expression and creative market. Realistically, AI presents a set of very technical tools that we can use as an extension of human skills and abilities.
AI Requires the Human Element + Energy
Read the original INC article published on May 22, 2019.