A painting created by artificial intelligence sold for $432,000 at the Christie’s Prints and Multiples art auction in New York. The piece, called “Portrait of Edmond Belamy,” is the first artwork made entirely by AI to go up for sale at a major art auction. It was expected to fetch between $7,000 and $10,000, making the $432,000 haul quite the shocker.

The painting was the work of a type of algorithm known as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) that was devised by a Paris-based art collective called Obvious. The group fed the algorithm a data set of about 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries. A Generator portion of the algorithm used its understanding of those many works of art to start creating its own images.

Via Engadget

AI with artistic imagination is definitely the strangest thing I’ve seen today, and it is only 10 AM.

How do we know, now, if any celebrities are real? Exactly. 😉