Ai-Da, the world’s first ‘ultra-realistic humanoid artist’ was created two years ago, the brainchild of gallery director and commercial collector Aidan Meller. Ai-Da, named after the pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace, produces artwork using an algorithm developed by Oxford University mathematicians. First appearing in a solo show at John Harvard College, Oxford, two years ago, Ai-Da is a digital artwork in her own right, with a face designed using Mesmer technology by Engineered Arts UK. She works in a variety of traditional and New Media, using her robotic arm to create and collaborate on drawings, paintings, 3-D modelled sculptures and video capture. Not afraid of controversy, her work asks viewers to contemplate the potential of machine learning in the creative industry.

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