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Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, ready for first solo expo

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OXFORD, England: Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away — Ai-Da is a robot.


Described as “the world’s first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot artist”, Ai-Da opens her first solo exhibition of eight drawings, 20 paintings, four sculptures and two video works next week, bringing “a new voice” to the art world, her British inventor and gallery owner Aidan Meller says.


“The technological voice is the important one to focus on because it affects everybody,” he said at a preview.


“We’ve got a very clear message we want to explore: the uses and abuses of AI, because this next decade is coming in dramatically and we’re concerned about that and we want to have ethical considerations in all of that.”


Named after British mathematician and computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, Ai-Da can draw from sight thanks to cameras in her eyeballs and AI algorithms created by scientists at the University of Oxford that help produce co-ordinates for her arm to create art. She uses a pencil or pen for sketches, but the plan is for Ai-Da to paint and create pottery. Her paint works now are printed onto canvas with a human painting over.


“From those coordinates from the drawing we’ve been able to take that into a algorithm that is then able to output it through a Cartesian graph that then produces a final image,” Meller said.


“It’s a really exciting process


never been done before in the way that we’ve done it.” — Reuters


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