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AI artwork to be auctioned for the first time

Signal of change / AI artwork to be auctioned for the first time

By Sam Zak / 13 Sep 2018

A portrait made by artificial intelligence is to be auctioned by the well-known auction house Christie’s in New York this October. It is expected to be sell for between $7,000-10,000.

The painting, entitled Portrait of Edmond Belamy was created by Obvious, a Paris based art collective interested in exploring the interface between AI and visual art. The algorithm which generated the portrait works by extrapolating inputs from a number of human-painted artworks to produce the painting.

So what?

The intriguing aspect of the AI formula is that it has learnt that art progresses. As such, as well as recreating the features from the paintings, it has also learnt to innovate. This raises the intriguing possibility that AI could drive developments in the art world, although it remains to be seen whether there is an ample market for AI generated art.

Does this signal an interest and recognition of AI generated art? If so, could AI drive the artistic trends of the future?


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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