On Thursday, in the same auction in which an print sold for $75,000 and a work by sold for $87,500, a computer-generated artwork grabbed $350,000 ($432,500 after buyer’s premium). The work, titled Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy (2018), was initially estimated by Christie’s for just $7,000 to $10,000. The portrait was produced using artificial intelligence by Obvious, a Paris-based collective. Thursday’s price is, of course, out of proportion to any AI artwork ever sold; in the past, figures have typically been in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.
PRINCETON—Last month, AlphaGo, a computer program specially designed to play the game Go, caused shockwaves among aficionados when it defeated Lee Sidol, one of the world’s top-ranked professional players, winning a five-game tournament by a score of 4-1.
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