Can robots make art? Yes – but don’t ask them to write a poem

“Our algorithms seem not yet able to imitate human kinds of poetry,” one organizer said

Robots can paint, but when it comes to writing, they shouldn’t quit their day jobs. That’s the combined conclusion from results of two contests announced this week.

On the upside, artificial intelligence created some pretty impressive works for RobotArt.org’s first annual $100,000 competition, the results of which were announced Tuesday.

The contest challenged artists and engineers to create a robot that painted like a real artist. Essentially, the aim was to get “as many teams as possible to set up a robot that can do any sort of painting,” the contest site explains. Fifteen teams from seven countries responded with more than 70 robot-created paintings made with a variety of techniques.

Robots were judged through a combination of public voting, professional opinion and how well the team met the spirit of the competition. First place and $30,000 went to TAIDA, a robotic arm from National Taiwan University that painted “in a manner very similar to a classical painter,” the contest’s organizers said.

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