Artificial Intelligence Is Creating New Art From The Work Of A Deceased Manga Great [Update]

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One of Japan’s greatest, if not the greatest, manga creators is having his work tapped into with the power of AI. Osamu Tezuka died in 1989, but next year, artificial intelligence will create new art based on Tezuka’s work.

Update Oct. 1 - 3:10 am: The name of the company has been updated.

Tezuka is known for influential works like Astro Boy, Princess Knight, and Kimba the White Lion.

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Toshiba Memory has been rebranded and launched a new project called Tezuka 2020 that uses high-speed, large-capacity memory and artificial intelligence to create new Tezuka art based on immense digitalized volumes of work the artist produced during his lifetime.

The project is supported by Tezuka Productions.

Clarification: The headline of this post was altered slightly for clarity, and the language regarding the use of AI was changed to reflect the fact that new art was being created based on Tezuka’s work.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Creating New Art From A Deceased Manga Great

No, it’s not. It’s creating new art in the style of a deceased manga artist.

One of Japan’s greatest, if not the greatest, manga creators is coming back thanks to the power of AI. Osamu Tezuka died in 1989, but next year, artificial intelligence will create new Tezuka art.

No, he’s not coming back, and neither is his work.

Nor is the AI going to create new Tezuka artwork, because by definition, artwork that is created by anyone or anything other than Tezuka is not Tezuka artwork.

You would never call it Tezuka artwork if it was made by human hands, even if it was an utterly flawless imitation, reproduction, or forgery. Why? Because no matter how perfectly it applies his style, it isn’t art created by Tezuka himself.

You also wouldn’t call it Tezuka artwork if it was made by some other animal like a dog, a chimpanzee, or an elephant. They aren’t Tezuka.

You also wouldn’t call it Tezuka artwork if it was made by complete random chance when a truckload of paint cans overturned on a highway and by some staggering fluke of improbability, the paint just so happened to spill in a manner that appeared to replicate Tezuka’s style.

If it wasn’t made by Tezuka himself, it is not Tezuka’s art.