Neural network for the price of Picasso: a new picture, written by AI, will be sold at auction
March 6 at Sotheby's in London will be very unusual lot - the installation, the main element of which is a neural network, continuously generating unique portraits. The project, called "Memories of passers-1" (Memories of Passersby 1), will be the second piece of art from the AI, which will be sold. In this case, it is the first such neural network, which was created specifically for the auction.
The installation consists of two screens connected by a small vintage chest of drawers (by the way, is also an important part of the project, a walnut tree after all). It is in this "locker" is artificial intelligence, which alone generates a stream of images. According to the creator of the project - Mario Klingemann, the buyer of the lot provide itself with the original portraits for a lifetime (yeah, they never happen again).
To train the neural network, used by tens of thousands of paintings and works of European art. AI is capable of self-training, for which the creator has built a set of algorithms. To operate the installation only needs electricity for the rest of the neural network responds. The initial cost of the lot will be from 40 to 50 thousand dollars, but it is the final price could easily reach up to 500 thousand dollars or even a million. For example, in October last year, another neural network work of art, "Portrait of Edmond de Bellamy" was sold at Christie's biggest auction for 432 thousand dollars. "Masterpiece" sale was unusual not only because it is the first time in the 252-year history of the auction house sale of paintings, written by a robot, but also because the expected value of the lot was due to be not more than 7-10 thousand dollars.
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