First Robot Art Competition Winner Was a Portrait of Albert Einstein

Published by , May 22, 2016 9:35 pm

(Discovery) The first Robot Art competition was organized by artist Andrew Conru who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University. The event’s mission was to to foster innovation in A.I. and integrate aesthetics and technology. It was open to students from universities and high schools and awarded cash prizes in two categories: fully automated execution or manually generated.
The 1st place award of $30,000 went to TAIDA, from the National Taiwan University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering for its portrait of Albert Einstein. TAIDA is a fully automated robot artist that uses a visual feedback system to compare the image it paints on a canvas with the original image. It then improves upon the painting until it’s satisfied.

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