Can robots be artistic? British gallery proprietor Aidan Meller hopes to go a way in the direction of answering that query with Ai-Da, who her makers say will have the ability to draw folks from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand.
Meller is overseeing the remaining phases of her development by engineers at Cornwall-based Engineered Arts.
He calls Ai-Da – named after British mathematician and laptop pioneer Ada Lovelace – the world’s first “AI ultra-realistic robot artist”, and his ambition is for her to carry out like her human equivalents.
“She’s going to actually be drawing and we’re hoping to then build technology for her to paint,” Meller stated after seeing Ai-Da’s prosthetic head being rigorously dropped at life by specialists individually attaching hairs to type her eyebrows.
“But also as a performance artist she’ll be able to engage with audiences and actually get messages across; asking those questions about technology today.”
Her skeletal robotic head might stand disembodied on a workbench, however her actions are very a lot alive.
Cameras in every of her eyeballs recognise human options – she is going to make eye contact and observe you round the room, opening and shutting her mouth as you do. Get too shut and he or she’ll again away, blinking, as if in shock.
Ai-Da’s makers say she could have a “RoboThespian” physique with expressive actions and she is going to discuss and reply questions.
“There’s AI (artificial intelligence) running in the computer vision that allows the robot to track faces to recognise facial features and to mimic your expression,” stated Marcus Hold, Design & Production Engineer at Engineered Arts.
Ai-Da’s makers are utilizing “Mesmer” life-like robot technology for her head, and as soon as completed she could have a blended race look with lengthy darkish hair, silicone pores and skin and 3D printed tooth and gums.
“(Mesmer) brings together the development of software mechanics and electronics to produce a lifelike face with lifelike gestures in a small human sized package,” Hold stated.
Ai-Da will current her inaugural exhibition “Unsecured Futures” in May at the University of Oxford, and her sketches will go on show in London in November.