The realm of artificial intelligence and robots becoming incrementally smarter is something that sparks both fear and wonder. To make matters even more interesting, robots have now entered the world of art. For example, a recent collaboration between Microsoft, ING and the Technical University of Delft combined the power of 3D printing with a deep learning algorithm to create an astonishing, high-tech counterfeit Rembrandt painting called “Next Rembrandt“.
To recognize this emerging field, Dr. Andrew Cornu established the world’s first robot art competition. The contest allowed both art that was completely created by a robot and software, or works that were created with a bit of human assistance. The most autonomous robots such as e-David from Germany, TAIDA from Taiwan and Cloudpainter from the USA, ultimately incorporated feedback loops to visually assess the progress of the painting and to improve it accordingly, similar to an artist stepping back from the canvas periodically to see how his work is progressing.
Check below for some interesting videos of the winning teams demonstrating their robot’s capabilities!
For more artwork and an overview of all submissions, please visit RobotArt‘s website.