An art competition just proved the next revolutionary painter could very well be non-human.
Organised by the RobotArt Gallery, the competition runs worldwide, held for the third time last week. Participating teams are not limited to the type of robot used to create artworks, although work done by an "inkjet-like matrix printer" won't qualify. There are two categories available for judging, with the difference being whether or not submissions used any pictures as a reference.
This year's winner is a project called CloudPainter that incorporates machine learning technology to paint "evocative portraits with varying degrees of abstraction." Robotart's founder Andrew Conru told MIT Technology Review that while this year's entries show refined brushstrokes and composition, he thought there was "most improvement" in CloudPainter since its participation in the inaugural edition of Robotart.
"The resulting work, while it still uses an inputted photo as reference, can execute paintings using different painting styles," Conru said.
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