AI Artwork

Photo credit: Christies Inc

Christie’s only expected to fetch between $7,000 – $10,000 for its first piece of AI art, titled the “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, but instead, sold it for $432,500. It was created by art collective Obvious who used the GAN machine learning algorithm to create the portrait. The neural network was trained on a dataset of historical portraits, and then created this work of art. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“The Belamy print has been the subject of controversy within the AI art world. Obvious admitted to using code from another AI artist, 19-year-old Robbie Barrat, to create the print. It’s not clear how much was borrowed, but experts say the amount was probably substantial. It’s also not clear if Barrat can make a claim for ownership of the artwork as his code was shared under an open-source license,” reports The Verge.


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