Christie’s sells its first AI portrait for $432,500, beating estimates of $10,000

Chrisie sold the first artificial intelligence work a portrait of Edmond Belamy (19459004) for $ 432,500. This sale is not only the first auction for a 252 year old auction house, but is also rare because the expected price of prints is between $ 7,000 and $ 10,000.

This work was created by a community called Obvious. The three members of Obvious, a trio of 25-year-old French students, created a picture using a kind of machine learning algorithm known as the generative adversarial network (GAN). The network was trained on a dataset of historic portraits and then tried to create one of its own portraits. I explicitly printed the image, framed it, and signed it as part of the GAN algorithm.

As Verge reported earlier this week Belamy prints have been the object of controversy in artificial intelligence. I made prints using the code produced by 19-year-old Robbie Barrat. It's not clear how much you have borrowed, but experts say the amount is probably significant. It is not clear whether Barrat will be able to claim his work as his work is shared under an open source license.

In a press statement given to The Verge :

"We have been working with Ian Goodfellow, the inventor of the GAN algorithm, especially the Famille de Belamy series, and the Famille de Belamy series This is an exciting moment, and our hope is that the attention to this sale will be a stunning example of what our predecessors and colleagues have created, We are grateful to Christie, who started this conversation in the arts community and I am honored to be part of this global conversation about the impact of this new technology on the creation of art. "[19659006] Christie sells the price The Verge makes the winning bidder remain anonymous I wished. We spoke to Barrat. We will update this section if you have more information.

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