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Are Robots Taking Over the Art World?

Suppose you are walking into a gallery and notice the painting of Edmond de Belmany. Look closer, the painting is made up of dots that causes a blurred face with two black eyes and vague lips, like it has no identity. It is little creepy. Then, you decide to check its artist name, which is Obvious. What kind of name is that?  It’s the robot artist. Recently, France’s Artificial Intelligence Obvious sold its painting at an auction for $432,500 at New York. It’s obviously not art…right?

Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier invented AI technology to use a two-part algorithm, called a Generative Adversarial Network, to print on a canvas. The robot filtered 15,000 old paintings between 14th and 20th century, and it created its own artwork, but all of these are blurred. Does the robot’s paintings reflect emotions and creativity? The art discipline is probably not a good start for robots.

What do you think about AI and paintings?


  1. ikoroma wrote:

    This is so disturbing on so many levels, I am speechless.

    Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  2. jriley20 wrote:

    This is still not entirely original because a computer needs to filter through data that it already has and then create “new” painting based of combining the information it already has. I will be creeped out if a computer could create a sculpture out of clay that completely unique hahaha.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink