Algorithm art fetches $432500 at NY auction: Christie's

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Portrait by AI program sells for $432,000

Proving that artificial intelligence can do more than write hilarious and/or terrifying commercials, the portrait - titled Portrait of Edmond Belamy - was sold by Christies in NY.

An AI-generated painting was sold at the Christie's Prints and Multiples art auction in NY for $432,500, which took place on 23-25 October.

This field of "art" still is in its infancy, but it's one to watch.

"Belamy is the product of the first major AI art project undertaken by the French art collective Obvious, which took the code for its AI from an open source GAN neural net ('GAN" is short for Generative Adversarial Network).

"The algorithm is composed of two parts", said Hugo Caselles-Dupré, a member of the collective, according to the auction house.

Three creators from the art group Obvious cooperated on the process that made the print. It understood rules of portraiture using a new algorithm developed by a Google researcher and created new images by itself.

In a website post, Christie's said the AI-created work was the first ever sold by a major auction house.

The artwork, called "Portrait of Edmond Belamy", was made by a machine learning algorithm.

The next phase in creating the artwork was another system called the Discriminator, which had to determine the difference between work produced by the generator.

"The goal is to force the discriminator to think that the new images are true portraits".

In creating the work was part of the Paris art staff of the "Obvious" (Obvious).

Ahmed Elgammal is director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

For Lloyd, this is just the beginning of AI art.

"I think that's what happens when you are doing something and nobody cares, then you're just goofing around and you are really inconsistent.For us it was just a amusing way to talk about it". The painting was one in the series of 11 of portraits of non-existent people created by the AI.

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