Can artificial intelligence lay paint to paper to create meaning and evoke emotion? The answer lies in the results from the first Robot Art competition. The contest, organized by artist Andrew Conru who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University, aims 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.
Here are the results from the 10 winners, which were chosen thanks to feedback from the public as well as that from a panel of judges. Did the robots create something beautiful? You be the judge.
Above: 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.