Software that ‘paints’ from the heart

Computer software can create unpredictable artwork influenced by the newspaper stories it reads, but a leading artificial intelligence scientist says there will always be a place for human blood, sweat and tears in the art world. Computer portrait of Simon Colton, by the software programme he created: The Painting Fool Photo: Simon Colton Artificial intelligence often gets a bad rap in fiction, with films such as 2001 and The Terminator predicting digital intelligences that will kill us all, while Stephen Hawking recently warned that they could be a threat to mankind. But Professor Simon Colton from the University of London has created software that is far more benign and far more interested in painting pretty pictures than taking over the world. Over the past decade he has developed software that…


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