A portrait created not by a human painter but by a program of artificial intelligence has written history – it is the first one to be sold at an art auction and even got a very good price, as it was bought instead of 432,500 dollars.
That price is about 45 times higher than the 7,000 to 10,000 dollars, originally estimated by Christies auction house in New York, according to the BBC.
The “Edmund Belami Portrait” (a fantastic face) was created by the Paris Obvious artistic collective, using a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) algorithm, previously fired with 15,000 portraits painted between of the 14th and 20th centuries. The same algorithm has created other works of art, such as naked and landscapes.
“Artificial Intelligence is one of the many technologies that will have an impact on the art market of the future, although it is still too early to predict what these changes may be,” said Christies expert Richard Lloyd, according to the Athens News Agency.
Of course, as the members of the French college have admitted, the question arises as to who is the artist behind the painting and is entitled to “sign” the work of art? The algorithm that created the image or the creators of the algorithm?