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>> You could mistake these for paintings by an old master, but these aren't the work of a
] but a computer. They've been created by Obvious, a French collective of artist entrepeneurs using an algorithm.>> We are artists.>> Yes, we are artists. It's just that we are artists with a different type of paint brush.
Our paintbrush is an algorithm developed on a computer.>> That paintbrush is the Generative Adversarial Network, or GAN, which learns to create new images by being fed a database of existing paintings, 15,000 in the case of these pieces about the imagined Baron of Bellamy and his aristocratic family.
The results are, well, kind of fuzzy. Something the collective acknowledges saying the technology is still very new. Nevertheless, the AI masterpieces have their fans. Edmond De Belamy will be auctioned at Christie's in New York next month with an estimate of $7,000 to $10,000. And the Count of Bellamy was bought by this collector for around $10,000.
>> In the beginning, I took them for crazy people. And now, are they crazy or are they geniuses?>> But not everyone can sit as this art. This painter says AI art lacks a crucial component, emotion.>> If there was no anger from Picasso, Gonaco would never have existed.
It's simple. If
were not in love with his models, his nudes would be dull and uninteresting.>> So while AI may be state of the art, perhaps it doesn't reflect the state of the heart.