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Meet Ai-Da, world’s first robot artist


OXFORD: Billed as "one of the most exciting artists of our time", Ai-Da differs from generations of past masters in a single inescapable manner: she is a robot.

Ai-Da is the brainchild of Aidan Meller, who claims she is the sector’s first ultra-realistic humanoid artist, in a position to draw creatively because of built in artificial intelligence (AI) technology.


The 46-year-old artwork broker unveiled Ai-Da — wearing a brown wig and period-style painter's blouse — in Oxford on Wednesday, ahead of an exhibition of her first works opening next week within the English university city. “She is absolutely algorithmic... absolutely ingenious,” Meller mentioned.

As he spoke, an now and again blinking Ai-Da, constructed with cameras for eyes and a robotic arm to draw with, labored on a cartoon of him. Forty-five minutes later, a mild expressionist drawing of Meller emerged.

Several dozen of Ai-Da’s other works adorned the close by walls. They come with similarly styled pencil sketches of ancient figures from Leonardo da Vinci to Alan Turing.

There are also colourful art work and sculptures based on her initial sketches, finished via human assistants. Ai-Da can recently most effective hold positive arduous gear like pencils, not brushes.


Meller, also an artwork gallery director, first dreamed up Ai-Da — named after Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician and creator frequently known as the sector’s first computer coder — 8 years ago. But he most effective started significantly working on the project in 2017.


Reasoning that the approaching age of AI used to be nowadays’s an identical, Meller set about creating a robotic artist to fuse his ideas into one artistic endeavour. With the help of British robotics corporate Engineered Arts, and researchers at each Leeds and Oxford universities, Ai-Da used to be after all finished in April.


Meller used to be longing for her to undertake a feminine character as a result of he argued artwork and coding worlds want extra women represented.




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