With Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent years pushing the boundaries of what is real and what is not, AI Expo Africa has launched launched a competition challenging African citizens to create original art and music using AI. There will be one winner for each category (visual art & music) and winners must be citizens of an African country and must be living in Africa.
AI Expo Africa is one of the largest business focused AI & Data Science Community events in Africa.
The winners in each category (music and visual art) will receive:
• 1 x VIP / full access ticket to AI Expo Africa worth $650 including all refreshments and food.
• $600 contribution to flights to Cape Town (limited to economy flights only within Africa).
• $250 in total contribution for 2x nights hotel accommodation in Cape Town.
• 50% share in auction proceeds of the art works & music with 50% going to the event charity, Starting Chance.
• A TV / Media Interview plus social media and press release for winners.
• Speaking opportunity in the case study track at AI Expo.
• Valuable networking opportunities with largest AI tech community in Africa.
• Photography of the event will also be provided.
Artificial Intelligence getting real
The pace at which AI solutions are being brought to market has been fascinating to observe. From self-driving cars to chatbots, AI based solutions are becoming integrated into our day-to-day lives. In some cases, they are becoming so real it is difficult to distinguish if something was produced using AI or by humans.
Take for example this website that uses AI to generate an endless supply of human faces that look so real yet do not exist in real life. The faces generated from the website look so real that if you aren't made aware, you'd think they are real people.
Redefinining what it means to be an artist
With AI, especially using a GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks), being able to create music and art, it redefines what it means to be an artist. Given that a GAN by definition is a machine learning method by which AI learns to master a skill, we are forced to re-look at what it means to be an artist and whether this is reserved for only humans.
In 2018, Christie’s sold its first piece of AI art – a blurred face titled "Portrait of Edmond Belamy." The piece of art was created after Paris-based artists Hugo Caselles-Dupré, Pierre Fautrel and Gauthier Vernier fed thousands of portraits into an algorithm, "teaching" it the aesthetics of past examples of portraiture.
The other question this presents is, who then takes credit for the art?
Is it the humans responsible for developing the AI solution or is it time we started assigning some sort of recognition to AI for the work it does?
Those interested in the competition can sign up here.
Awards will be presented to the winner at the exclusive AI Expo Africa VIP event on the opening night of AI Expo Africa in Cape Town South Africa on 3 September 2019 – with the music track(s) being played during the event and art work on display. Both works will be auctioned during the exclusive networking / drinks reception event 4 September 2019.