AI portrayed in the auction

With the development of artificial intelligence technologies, new products and services such as autonomous vehicles, voice secretaries, and medical technology to monitor diseases are emerging. Of course, artificial intelligence is not only applied to such engineering. Attempts to apply it to the arts are also being made steadily.

Edmond De Belamy is a painting of artificial intelligence awarded to Christie’s art auction in New York at $ 432,000 (US $ 393.5 million). It was created using the artificial intelligence system rendering algorithm GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks) developed by Obvious, an art technology group based in Paris, France. Obius learned about the 15,000 portraits painted during the 14th and 20th centuries in the GAN, drawing his own original portraits.

The completed portrait recognizes the image through the Discriminator and identifies the defects that distinguish it from the human hand painting. It was Edmund de Bellamy who repeated this process until it determined that the selector was not drawn to human hands.

Obius said that this painting was enough to be used as a work of art. The initial bid price is between $ 7,000 and $ 10,000. If you are an amateur in general, you would have expected this price to be expensive. However, the winning bid amounted to a high of $ 432,000, far exceeding this expectation.

Edmund de Bellamy is one of eleven portraits of artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence (?) Remains in the work itself. If you look at the sign, it means that it is represented by the formula used in the algorithm.


However, according to Christie, this work is likely to leave a name for artificial intelligence portraits in the world’s first major auction house. Of course, with prices reaching high prices.

This artistic attempt using artificial intelligence is a topic that is added up to a high bid price, but at the same time, the possibility of a discussion about the copyright of the work is also predicted. One is about whether to grant copyright to artificial intelligence. In spite of the fact that economic copyright is recognized, opinions can be dismissed on the question of how to recognize the right to be a human being, such as moral rights.

Obius also used the code of Robbie Barrat, another artificial intelligent artist, to create this work. Of course, Robbick’s code is open source. However, there is a saying that it is possible to claim complete copyright of an artificial intelligence work created using this open source code. More information about the work can be found here .



Through the monthly AHC PC and HowPC magazine era, he has watched 'technology age' in online IT media such as ZDNet, electronic newspaper Internet manager, editor of Consumer Journal Ivers, TechHolic publisher, and editor of Venture Square. I am curious about this market that is still full of vitality.

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