The World’s First AI Humanoid Robot Artist

11 February 2019: Gallery Director Aidan Meller has announced the world’s first AI ultra-realistic robot artist. The humanoid AI robot named Ai-Da will be the first robot capable of drawing people from life using her eye, and a pencil in her bionic hand. Using AI processes and algorithms Ai-Da’s ability as a life-like robot to draw and paint from sight has never been achieved before, and will make Ai-Da an artist in her own right.

Ai-Da is the brainchild of art impresario and gallerist Aidan Meller. Named after Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer in the world, Ai-Da the robot has been designed and built by Cornish Robotics Company Engineered Arts, who make robots for communication and entertainment. In April 2018, Engineered Arts created an ultra-realistic robot to promote the Westworld TV show. Professors and post-Phd students at Oxford University and Goldsmiths are providing Ai-Da with the programming and creative design for her art work, while students at Leeds University are custom designing and programming a bionic arm to create her art work.

Ai-Da has a “RoboThespian” body, featuring an expressive range of movements and she has the ability to talk and respond to questions. Ai-Da has a “Mesmer” head, featuring realistic silicone skin, 3D Printed teeth & gums, integrated eye cameras, as well as individually punched hair. In appearance Ai-Da will be mixed race, as illustrated above in an artist’s rendering of Ai-Da’s face from the 3D scans alongside Ai-Da’s actual robotic skeleton. Ai-Da will be completed in February 2019.

Ai-Da’s inaugural exhibition “Unsecured Futures” will launch on the 9th May – 31st May 2019 at Lady Margaret Hall and St John’s College, University of Oxford. The exhibition will showcase Ai-Da’s performance art, as well as plastic, silver and bronze 2D and 3D works rendered through AI processes. The exhibition has already sold out to keen investors for over £1 million. Ai-Da will give a live performance at the opening, in homage to Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece’ in reverse, where participating audience members will dress Ai-Da in fragments of material, to signify our close relationship between humanity and technology. In November 2019, Ai-Da will exhibit her original sketches in London. Ai-Da will be the first ultra realistic robot artist that the world has ever seen.

Aidan Meller, Gallery Director said:

“Pioneering a new AI art movement, we are excited to present Ai-Da, the first professional humanoid artist, who creates her own art, as well as being a performance artist. As an AI robot, her artwork uses AI processes and algorithms. The work engages us to think about AI and technological uses and abuses in the world today.” 

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