That’s right, sophisticated robots can now create works of art comparable to the old masters. The RobotArt gallery has amassed an impressive collection to show what the world’s most creative androids and algorithms (and their creators) have come up with. On Wednesday, the international contest, now in its third year, announced the top ten teams, all of which walk away with cash prizes for their creations.
Image Credit: CloudPainter/RoboArt
The teams used a number of different approaches, showing that there are a hell of a lot of ways to interpret “artwork created by robot.” The first-place team, CloudPainter, used a machine learning system to generate vivid, sometimes outlandish portraits and landscapes.
Meanwhile, the bronze medalists from Thailand’s Kasetsart University built a robot that can mimic an artist. After recording the position, movement, and forces exerted on a painter’s brush, the team’s robot could precisely recreate the exact same artwork. Some teams used AI algorithms to generate and produce images while others built robots designed to mix new combinations of paints or create works indistinguishable from human-made artwork.
Image Credit: Creative Machines Labs/Columbia Univeristy
“I think in the short term, robots will be used more in the final production of digital art — especially those that have a lot of detail or repetitive elements,” Andrew Conru, the artist and engineer who founded RobotArt, told Futurism.
Image Credit: CMIT ReART/Kasetsart University
These algorithms and robotic arms create images but cannot step back and appreciate them.