A fundamental artifact of any digital imaging device is that it samples an infinite reality and encodes it in a finite data-set. A digital image is essentially a series of color values and its definition is limited by the size of the data it holds (number of pixels and color depth). The experimental software FIG exploits this artifact and attempts to iterate through all the possible color combinations a digital canvas can hold. Since any image can be digitized, we should also expect that any and every representation can be found in one of these possible color combinations. FIG guarantees that with enough time, it will eventually generate every possible image.
At the present time this only works in a theoretical level, as even when running at 60 iterations per second, it would require a little less than 10 billion years (or almost the age of the known universe) to iterate through all the images of an 8×8 pixels image and just 2 colors. But as the processing power of computers keeps increasing alongside the fast progress in quantum computing, we may eventually be able to brute force the generation of all images and filter the meaningful ones out of the chaos. In a potential future version of this software, the output images can be passed into an image recognition algorithm which would identify, aggregate and categorize human recognizable results and allow us to see everything that can be seen.
So will happen if and when we get to that point?
Could this ever challenge human creativity?
Who would own the intellectual property of all the pictures?
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