This first painting done by AI sold at a Christie’s auction for R6.2 million, nearly 45 times its high estimate.

The Portrait of Edmond Belamy is a painting created by a Paris-based art collective called Obvious. It was generated by using an algorithm and a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries.

AI isn't just creating paintings. Computer programs are being used to make all sorts of art.

Musicians are also getting in on the act. They are using AI to create hit songs.

This year, an AI program directed, wrote and acted in a short film. The only help it needed from humans was actors’ faces, and a few writing prompts.

The rest was done by the AI using public domain films.

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