Art from Artificial Intelligence

The art of artificial intelligence has become a wave in recent years as the technology has become the focus of scientific development.

In the mid-19th century, Ada Lovelace was the first person in the world to write the first lines of programming language before people figured out how the computer would work. However, at that time, artists only looked at Ada like a poem with lovely beauty, not many people were too concerned about her mathematical thinking. It was hard for herself and her contemporaries to imagine, nearly 180 years later, her name became the inspiration for naming another artist: Aida. Aida had to wait for others to name her, because she was a robot, and her talent was the result of an artificial intelligence research process.

In early June 2019, Aida in a dark blue dress, black hair groomed standing in the middle of the gallery at the University of Oxford, lectures about her works as a flesh-and-blood artist. While her creators, artificial intelligence scientists proudly present her, a robot capable of analyzing millions of works of art. From there, she produced her own artwork. She was the first robot artist to have her own exhibition. Her work meets all criteria of true art, including its inability to copy and to repeat. Aida’s exhibition became a media bomb, but in fact she was not the only phenomenon.

In March 2019, the prestigious Sotheby auction house presented Memories of Passersby – a digital installation by Mario Klingemann, showing the process of creating a portrait of artificial intelligence. . Memories of Passersby shows the generative operation of the GAN (generative adversarial network) system. GAN is a series of algorithms written by artificial intelligence researcher Ian Goodfellow.

Where does the value of an artificial intelligence artwork reach? It is hard to say clearly at this time. However, if we were to measure the curators of the art curators as a standard, recently, a portrait of the GAN program, called Edmond de Belamy, was sold at auction by Christie 432,500 USD. Aida’s works have also been bought by collectors for a total of nearly one million pounds.

This startling figure indeed proves that a work created by a computer is worth as much commercial as any artwork of famous artists. However, it also comes with a lot of criticism, not only from those who want to protect the creation of traditional arts but also from artists who are studying other artificial intelligence.