This Robot Wants to Paint Your Portrait—With or Without You

Blog By DJ Pangburn — Oct 22 2015 Images courtesy the artists While Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have been fretting over our future artificially intelligent robotic overlords, technology artist Pindar Van Arman has been exploring the kinder side of robotics. In fact, he’s been doing that for the better part of the last ten years. With bitPaintr, he’s building an “artistic robot” that allows users to paint portraits with a touchscreen and some help from artificial intelligence. Van Arman’s bitPaintr robot paints portraits using a brush on canvas. To do this, the “high-tech tracing machine,” as he calls it, uses artificial intelligence and audience input to trace a portrait with a robotic paint brush on a touchscreen tablet. This, Van Arman says, does away with the whole pencil and…


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