Will Rosetta Be the First Robot to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 10:32AM
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Philae/Rosetta
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 10:32AM
Will Rosetta Be the First Robot to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism?

Some AI programmers claim that robots will win the print journalism Pulitzer by 2016, but will the photojournalism category be won by a robot this year? ESA just achieved the historic distinction of being the first to land a spacecraft on a comet, and the photographs of the comet taken by Rosetta and Rosetta's Philae lander before it died prematurely and sadly are beautifully composed and more than journalistically relevant. 

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

Philae

[Credit: ESA]

 

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography are generally evocative of events that have captured the public's consciousness; recent winners touched on events such as the Boston bombing, the conflict in Syria, and the Iraq War. These definitely qualify, although they're less politicized than the aforementioned photos. But who would get the Pulitzer? Yes, a person programmed Philae, but that person was not involved in the actual act of taking this picture. But even as I post these pictures, I'm crediting ESA, and realistically, the programmer or the organization as a whole would take the Pulitzer, not Rosetta or Philae (although it does allow for posthumous entries). But it does bring up some interesting questions about whether robots can be the agents that "create" art.

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