Kurzweil CyberArt Technologies
AARON History

Ray Kurzweil converses with Harld Cohen, creator of AARONAARON the Cybernetic Artist is an artist in the truest sense. AARON's approach to art, color and composition are authentic and reprensent the life's work of Professor Harold Cohen. AARON paintings have hung in museums around the world including London's Tate Modern Gallery, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Washington Capitol Children's Museum to name a few.

Explore the links below to learn more about how AARON works, to understand some of the challenges faced by Harold Cohen in trying to teach a machine to paint, and to explore the question, "Is the computer being creative?"

  • Watch a video clip from The Age of Intelligent Machines, Ray Kurzweil's award-winning 1987 film, where Harold and Ray discuss AARON's abilities and explore machine creativity.

  • Read "Brother Giorgio's Kangaroo," an essay by Harold Cohen which explores the fundamentals aspects of visual art (published in Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Intelligent Machines)

  • Read Harold Cohen's biography

  • Read a collection of Harold Cohen's essays on the subjects of art, creativity, and machine intelligence.

  • Check out an independent web site about AARON, created by Val Wiebe, who has explored and commented upon AARON's development. (Website will open in a new browser window.)

  • Franz, Inc. logoAARON was built using Franz Inc.'s Allegro CL development tools. For more information, visit www.franz.com or call 1-888-CLOS NOW.