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A computer generated portrait has been sold for $432,500 at auction at Christie's in New York. It was created by a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) algorithm that was seeded with 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

@algoartiste oh boy is this image controversial. Most of the GAN artists I follow are tearing their hair out at the thought of this selling for so much.

@algoartiste see this article theverge.com/2018/10/23/180131 for why.

The piece is in no way a good representation of the current state of the art, and it uses a borrowed scraper to collect a dataset for a borrowed GAN implementation with output that looks strikingly similar to that of the original code's author.

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