A team of researchers from IBM Japan, the University of Tokyo and Yamaha Motors has created a robot who uses canvas, paint and a brush to create his own paintings. What sets this artificial intelligence apart from others those with an artistic tendency we’ve seen in the past is that it doesn’t generate the paints it creates at random. Instead, it is programmed to work with concepts and has a set of “values” that it turns to for guidance. It is possible to shape the images it creates by providing it with additional instructions. Limit it to 30 brush strokes or less and it will paint a more abstract room. Conversely, with some 300 brush strokes at his disposal, he will create something more realistic.
In its current version, the robot can work with both watercolors and acrylics and can mix paints with water. The team behind the project are currently working on a visual system that will allow the machine to see its paintings as it works on them. This same system could also open the door to human artists working with the robot. The AI painting project will be exhibited at , which you can view virtually from March 16.