Originally, the portrait was estimated at $7-10 thousand, but during the auction the price has increased 45 times.
Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. To make matters worse, Obvious made some misleading claims about their AI, implying that the art it was creating was wholly original and driven by the program itself.
"The goal is to force the discriminator to think that the new images are true portraits".
The Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers University has been using an artificial intelligence called AICAN to create colorful, abstract and trippy pieces of work since 2017. "It's just the beginning it's so fascinating what is going to be created", he said.More news: Meghan Markle Prince Harry rub noses in traditional NZ welcome
"It is an exciting moment and our hope is that the spotlight on this sale will bring forward the fantastic work that our predecessors and colleagues have been producing", Obvious, a Paris-based collective that created the work, said in a statement via Christie's.
"Left: the "AI generated" portrait Christie's is auctioning off right now".
Obvious has created a series of AI-produced art works.
Speaking to the Verge on Tuesday, Obvious tech lead Hugo Caselles-Dupré said that they did use Barrat's code in the creation of the nearly-half-a-million-dollar portrait, but that it was modified it. The algorithm was also tested with some work of nudes and landscapes but it was found that they could illustrate their creativity in generating portraits the best. "Moreover, we strongly advise those interested in the field to follow this artist, who continues to deliver incredible artwork", the statement continued. "Then we have a result".
"You could say that, at this point, it is a collaboration between two artists - one human, one a machine".