Write AI now sold almost half a million dollars

The famous auction house Christie's sold the first "work of art", written by an artificial intelligence, the portal The Verge. The painting entitled "Portrait of Edmond Bellamy" was sold for 432,500 dollars. "Masterpiece" sale was unusual not only because it is the first time in the 252-year history of the auction house sale of paintings, written by a robot, but also because the expected value of the lot was due to be not more than 7-10 thousand dollars.

Write AI now sold almost half a million dollars

The work was written neural network created by a team of three French students calling themselves the Obvious. To create the AI ​​they used machine-learning algorithm of generative-competitive network (GAN). ANN has learned to paint portraits on the basis of historical figures. After that, she was tasked to write your own picture in the digital environment. Then Obvious printed result, it was placed in a frame and signed as a job GAN algorithm.

It should be noted that prior to the auction desire to put a portrait of Bellamy as a lot of the highly respected auction house faced with a barrage of criticism from the art world. In addition, it turned out later that the Obvious use of the code of another "AI-artist", written by 19-year-old Robbie Barratt. It is not known exactly what was the percentage of borrowing, but experts say it is likely there is a significant proportion. At this point, it remains unclear whether Barratt is going to claim the ownership of paintings created since code written by him was distributed in the public domain. In its press release Obvious reported the following:

"We would like to thank AI community, and especially those who have opened the way for us to use this technology. We are primarily talking about Ian Goodfellow, write an algorithm GAN and became the inspiration theme of the future picture, as well as the artist Robbie Barratt, who had a major impact on us. This is an exciting time, and we hope that interest in the auction was held will be an inspiration for our predecessors and colleagues. We are very grateful to the auction house Christie's, which was released with this dialogue to the art community and has awarded us the honor to be a part of the global discussion on the impact of this new technology in the process of creating art. "

The Verge site Reporters contacted the auction house Christie's and those in a telephone conversation confirmed the sale of paintings. About the buyer did not talk because he preferred to remain anonymous. In addition, the journalists appealed to Barratt for comment, but as long as the young artist-programmer made no reply.

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