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Portrait made by AI the first of its kind to be put on auction

I hate to admit it, but Skynet is pretty talented.

British auction house Christie’s is set to put a computer-generated portrait up for bidding – the first ever transaction involving a major auction house.

The print, entitled Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, depicts a fictional character in the style of 17th century works done by the Old Masters. It also includes, as you can see on the lower right-hand side of the frame, the math formula used to create the piece.

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

According to French art collective ‘Obvious’, they were able to make the print using a General Adversarial Network (GAN), and the two programs – one called the Generator, and the other the Discriminator – in involved in it.

“We fed the system with a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th century to the 20th,” they explained.

“The Generator makes a new image based on the set, then the Discriminator tries to spot the difference between a human-made image and one created by the Generator. The aim is to fool the Discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits. Then we have a result.”

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

The group sold their first print directly to art collector Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre last February for €10,000 (about US$11,000 or AUS$15,000). Now, their latest work could fetch them between US$7,000 and US$10,000 (AUS$10,000 and AUS$14,000).

“I just find it amazing that some young people built a program allowing the creation of an original artwork, based on a selection of the ‘bests’ from past art history,” said Laugero-Lasserre.

Via Standard

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