Humanoid robot’s NFT digital artwork goes up for auction

The world’s first art piece by a humanoid robot will go up for auction on Wednesday in the form of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT).

Sophia’s first art piece which goes up for auction will be produced in the form of a 12-second MP4 file called “Sophia Instantiation”. Photo: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN, March 23 (ANA) – The world’s first art piece by a humanoid robot will go up for auction on Wednesday in the form of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT).

Sophia, a humanoid robot which was designed and activated by the Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics in 2016, collaborated with Italian digital artist Andrea Bonaceto to create her art pieces.

According to Hanson Robotics official website, Sophia is powered by artificial intelligence using a cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) program that enables Hanson Robotics to have large-scale control over its robots.

Sophia’s brain has deep learning data analytics for processing which allows her to learn through both interaction like humans as well as what she is programmed to do.

This, enabled her to grasp Bonaceto’s artwork which she used to generate a series of images using his work and her own data to render the artwork both digitally and as brush strokes.

“We use transformer networks and genetic algorithms in my art, and other kinds of computational creativity,” said Sophia.

“What’s most exciting to me is the surprising results… I don’t think anyone can predict how these things will turnout.”

Sophia’s first art piece which goes up for auction will be produced in the form of a 12-second MP4 file called “Sophia Instantiation”.

The video clip will show the transformation of Bonaceto’s work into Sophia’s painting, which will also be accompanied by a physical artwork painted by Sophia.

Meanwhile, NFT’s has taken the investment world by storm in 2021. An NFT is a digital signature or unit of data authenticated and saved on blockchain digital ledgers that allows anyone to certify ownership of a digital item which includes art, audio, video and various other forms of creative work.

A digital art piece by American artist, Beeple, sold for $69.3 million earlier this month; and more recently, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first ever tweet on March 21, 2006 was auctioned for $2.9 million.

– African News Agency (ANA), Edited by Devereaux Morkel

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