We tend to see fine art as the essence of human experience, but AI could soon be helping paint the world’s next masterpieces.
I still remember the first time I became aware that the world’s biggest painters have assistants to help them create large bodies of work.
It makes sense practically, of course. When looking at art that uses upwards of 50 separate pieces to create sprawling mosaics – like David Hockney’s Yorkshire Dale series – it’s unrealistic to expect one individual to produce everything. Still, there was a part of me that was shocked to find out artists don’t create absolutely all of the pieces they’re credited for.
That idea is now being taken a step further, as a report by the Frontiers in Robots and AI journal has unveiled a new collection of miniature robots designed to help painters create big projects quickly and easily. We’ve even got footage of them working on nine separate pieces based on human commands, which you can watch below.
Soon we may not even have actual people working on prolific art projects, which is both exciting and a feels like something ripped straight from The Matrix. Maybe in the upcoming fourth film Neo takes on robotic painting and becomes a world famous artist? One can only hope.