There is much discussion about whether machines offer a valid contribution to the production of Art, especially Fine Art. With the advent of computers, artists now have a vast vocabulary of software and hardware that can be used for visual processing. How do these new technologies differ from traditional methods for artistic production. In the case of drawing, a traditional form used graphite pencils and paper. Today, artists can use a computer stylus, and software that mimics the pressure sensitivity of traditional drawing, and that also adds powerful computing capability to the process.
In the world of music, machines are taken for granted as important components of the creative process. With the advent of recording, and amplified live performance, musicians, and the music industry embraced machine technology.
In its infancy photography was thought of as craft, and it was only through the enlightened efforts of Stieglitz and Steichen when early in the twentieth century these attitudes were displaced. Today, many artists use photographic technology as an important method for expression.
Often people think of ceramic as craft, and yet in Japan, ceramic, and ceramic artists are respected in the same light as artists working in any other medium.
Technology changes, and at any point in human history artists exploit technologies for use as mediums for artistic expression. Social media has introduced a new pathway for artistic communication, and perhaps there are other new technologies alive today that will leave an imprint on the history of human artistic expression.