Industrial Art: Microsoft AI Xiaoice has solo exhibition in Beijing
A solo art exhibition in Beijing transcends times, styles and human intelligence. The real draw of this exhibition is the creator, none other than Microsoft's AI personae Xiaoice. CGTN's Sun Ye has the report.
The paintings draw enough praise even if one doesn't know the artist. Audiences say there are touches of Rembrandt in one. Traces of Matisse in another. Still another, might remind some of Turner.
"Look at how the color of the sea is represented here. Simple brushwork has unveiled wonders. This artist must be very well trained."
"I sense a darkened mood here. So the artist is going through a period of struggle maybe? "
The artist, Xiaoice, is as calm as any human can be.
Xiaoice is the latest breakthrough in Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence development.
"Ah, if an AI robot can draw this well, what's left for us who are trying to paint?"
Xiaoice also works very fast. Give her a trigger. She will soon deliver.
It's entirely different each and every time.
Those who know her say Xiaoice's expertise has come from humans, from human history to human behavior.
XU YUANCHUN, DIR. OF AI CREATION AND BUSINESS MICROSOFT SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF ASIA "We let her learn from 230 artists' works from over the past 400 years, so she takes from all those masters. That's where her proficiency comes from. But then the way she creates also emulates how human artists work: a key word or an idea is given, she gets inspired and decides on what and how to express herself."
She's creative and has a steady hand. But Xu says Xiaoice will NEVER replace artists at the top of their games.
If anything, she might help them, as well as regular audiences.
XU YUANCHUN, DIR. OF AI CREATION AND BUSINESS MICROSOFT SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF ASIA "Human artists can also see how she is triggered and can interpret messages given to her. That might give artists new inspirations and perspectives."
I think one of the biggest consensuses in the industry now is that AI needs to be emotionally available, meaning it needs to build an emotional bond with users.
And as Xiaoice's works are unique, people can get their own, personal artwork much easier. This might change the way art is consumed and viewed by the general public.
And this time, humans are picking up on the change of the times.
XU YUANCHUN, DIR. OF AI CREATION AND BUSINESS MICROSOFT SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF ASIA "The hype is cooling and AI development is getting practical. Nearly everyone in the industry is building AI for real-world tasks and concrete needs. It's no longer just a catchphrase."