ClaudeMonet, Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci... the art world has never lacked talent. And now, anew painter is ready to join the list, although thisone isn’t even human.


Next month, auction house Christie’s Prints andMultiples will make history by offering the first pieceof art created byartificialintelligencefor sale. Thepainting is aportraitof a man called Edmond DeBelamy, and is expected to be sold for up to$10,000 (69,000 yuan).

佳士得拍卖行的“Prints and Multiples”拍卖活动将于下月创造历史,出售首幅由人工智能(AI)创作的画作。该画作是一位名为爱德蒙·贝拉米的男子的肖像画,估价高达1万美元(约合69000元人民币)。

The work, which features a man with amysteriouslook on his face, was created by softwaredeveloped by the French art group Obvious. Laugero-Lasserre, an artcollectorfrom France, called the work “grotesque and amazing at the same time”. This isn’t the first example of AI-produced artwork, as AI has already been used to write poems andcomposesongs. However, many people doubt whether it should be called art at all.


ccordingto Russian writer Leo Tolstroy (1828-1910), art is about creating emotion. It’s “ameans of … joining people together in the same feelings”, he once said.


So, if the emotion behind art is what makes it, the ability to create and use tools is what makeshuman beings different from otherspecies. And as a tool itself, the AI technology used tocreate theportraitis the result of a lot of effort made by several designers. Together, they“fed” the AI a hugecollectionof paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, until it was ableto work out how to make similar paintings of its own.


The introduction of AI art could be the beginning of a newartisticmovement. However, noteveryone is ready to welcome these high-tech artists just yet.


“The human mind is what’s behind the AI technology. And the human mind is not a cold, hardfact,” Oscar Schwartz, a professor of AI, said during a TedX Sydney speech. “Rather, it issomething that’s created with our opinions and something that changes over time.”

“AI技术的背后是人类的头脑。但人类的头脑并非由冷冰冰的客观事实组成,”AI教授奥斯卡·施瓦辛在一场TedX Sydney的演讲中说道。“而是由我们的观点以及会随着时间流逝而发生变化的事物所组成。”

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