Ai-Da is the world’s first “robot artist” – now the photos will be shown in an exhibition – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

Ai-Da, robot som maler

Aidan Miller is the creator of what is referred to as the world’s first “ultra realistic humanoid robot”. Or put another way:

A humanoid robot has slightly better abilities than other robots.

The Ai-Da has silicone skin, hair, 3D-printed teeth, and eye cameras. She also has legs but she cannot walk. The arms, upper body and head move freely.

But what distinguishes Ai-Da from other robots is that Ai-Da asks, makes decisions and ultimately creates what is described as algorithmic art. Watchman The robot was recently introduced as “the first robot that can draw as an artist”.

The “artistic” robot already has Proven ability to write and perform her own poems based on algorithms. Now the talent for drawing will appear.

On April 22, many of Ai-Da’s works will be presented during an exhibition in Venice.

Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP

What is creativity?

The robot was developed in Oxford by Miller over two years ago with a team of programmers, art experts and psychologists. It was first completed in 2019, but has been updated as technology improves.

But can Ai-Da really be called creativity? Eric Solheim pulls it off.

— It’s a combination of his plate-fed and machine learning, he says.

Eric Solheim

Journalist and technology consultant at NRKbeta, Eric Solheim.

Photo: NRK

Machine learning is a specialty in artificial intelligence where one uses statistical methods to allow computers to find patterns in large amounts of data.

The machine “learns” rather than being programmed.

Solheim says he learns a little more.

Solheim says the robot’s “ability” to draw unique paintings was likely introduced as a coincidence into the software, meaning that Ai-Da doesn’t manage to replicate itself.

He believes that it is not easy for most people to accept robots as creative or artistic.

— but he says it makes enough people question our perception of what counts as creativity.

Three portraits created by the world's first super-realistic artificial intelligence robot artist, Ai-Da.

These are three Ai-Da selfies drawn by the robot.


Moral project

Anyway, some works were recently shown before the world premiere of Ai-Da’s solo exhibition.

The exhibition, called “Jumping to Metaverse”, aims to explore the relationship between the human experience and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

“We didn’t spend a lot of time and money making a skilled painter,” Miller points out.

This project is a moral project.

The question Aidan Miller wants to ask is: “Now that robots can make art, do we humans really want them to do that?”

We are not here to promote robotics or technology. We are very concerned about what this technology can do.

– The whole point of Ai-Da is to show what we’re doing, ignorantly, online all the time, he says Watchman.

We enter a world in which we no longer understand what is human and what is machine, Miller asserts.

The exhibition opens to the public on April 22 during the Venice Biennale.

Ai-Da, the robot that draws

The background of the Ai-Da project is to highlight the ethical issues of artificial intelligence.

Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP

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