Lab dedicated to creating art with artificial intelligence

China’s first art and artificial intelligence lab was launched in Yangpu District Thursday to study how smart algorithms can be used to create art.

The Art & Artificial Intelligence Lab (AAI) was unveiled at the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, gathering the world’s leading AI scientists and artists.

“Art is about discovery, inspiration and awakening, while AI is about to change the world,” Lou Yongqi, vice president of Tongji and dean of the college of design and innovation, told the Art and AI International Forum at the college. “Before the world is to be changed, we need a new round of inspiration led by art.”

The world’s top professors and artists in the fields of art, design, computer science and cultural research shared their latest research and discussed how technology can be mesh with the creation of art during the two-day forum.

A portrait created with AI made a historic appearance on the auction block at Christie’s in New York City in 2018 — the first artwork created by an algorithm to be offered for auction in the world of fine art.

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