The Next (Computer) Rembrandt

The Next Rembrandt is a multi-year collaborative project by a group of engineers trained a computer to expand his portfolio - a new Rembrandt.


(The Next Rembrandt)

An incredible combination of both machine learning and 3D printing, the project involved digitally tagging data in scanned versions of the artist’s various known pieces. Resulting patterns were subsequently explored by computers, including: brush strokes, approaches to organic detail and uncanny ability to depict human emotions.

The result is an algorithmic creation that mirrors the style of the master and depicts a Caucasian male in his thirties, with facial hair, black clothes, a white collar and a hat, facing to one side.

Although it is not quite a prediction, SF fans were treated to robotically produced art in the 2003 movie I, Robot, when Sonny rapidly (!) sketched a picture of his dream about a bridge.

The verse transcriber from J.G. Ballard's 1971 story Studio 5, The Stars was an automated artist of a sort:

I was pasting down one of Xero's satirical pastiches of Rubert Brooke and was six lines short. I handed Tony the master tape and he played it into the IBM, set the meter, rhyme scheme, verbal pairs, and then switched on, waited for the tape to chunter out of the delivery head, tore off six lines and passed them back to me. I didn't even need to read them.
(Read more about the verse transcriber)

Also, the psychotropic houses from J.G. Ballard's 1962 story The Thousand Dreams of Stellavist could reshape themselves sculpturally in response to visitors.

Via Web Urbanist.

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