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After the first auction sale of an AI painting at Christie's, are robots going to take over the arts?

As the auction house Christie's sell their first painting made using artificial intelligence by the French art collective Obvious, we ask if robots are going to take over the arts and what the use of AI means for our understanding of creativity.

Samira Ahmed is joined by visual artist Anna Ridley and Google Art & Culture’s Artist In Residence Mario Klingemann, who discuss how they create visual art with the aid of AI. Singer Taryn Southern explains how she has just made an album using AI technology. And academic Marcus Du Sautoy, who's working on a new book, The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint, And Think, art critic Jonathan Jones, and Professor Mick Grierson of the newly opened University of the Arts London (UAL) Creative Computing Institute, discuss whether art is art if created by machines and what the future might hold.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Emma Wallace

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29 minutes

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

The portrait of Edmond de Belamy is the first piece of AI art to be auctioned.

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Main image above: Pierre Fautrel,  a co-founder of the OBVIOUS art collective  with the Portrait of Edmond de Belamy.

Image credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Image to the left: the Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, by OBVIOUS

Anna Ridler

Anna Ridler

Image: Virus, by Anna Ridler, a picture generated by machine learning.

Image credit: Anna Ridler, 2018

Mario Klingemann

Mario Klingemann
Image: 5571/79530 Self Portraits, Mario Klingemann, 2018

Taryn Southern

Taryn Southern

Taryn Southern's album I Am AI, is available now.

Image: Taryn Southern

 

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