A robot artist paints the Queen’s portrait

Ai-Da Robot, an ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist, painted an image of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

After seven decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth might have thought she had seen it all – until a robot offered to paint her portrait.

Ai-Da Robot is an artificial intelligence robot that creates drawings, paintings and sculptures. Using cameras and computer memory, she is able to leverage a variety of unique algorithms to create an artistic representation of abstract images. Next, Ai-Da’s robotic arm transforms her digital formations into physical drawings and paintings.

The robot’s portrait, Algorithmic Queen, was designed to reflect the various aspects of technological change that took place during Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign.

Robot artist reveals Queen’s portrait / Aidan Meller

Image credit: Aidan Meller

Ai-Da has the appearance of a woman and is named after the 18th century mathematician and scientist Ada Lovelace.

She is also able to have a conversation using a specially designed language model. During the unveiling of the painting, she addressed the press, and thanked Her Majesty for “her dedication” and “the service she renders to so many people”.

“I think she’s an amazing human being, and I wish the Queen a very happy platinum jubilee,” Ai-Da said.

In 2021, Ai-Da participated in the first art exhibition held in the Egyptian pyramids.

Although there have been previous attempts to produce art through artificial intelligence, like the Vincent AIwho can apply stylistic techniques employed by famous artists to basic hand-drawn sketches, Ai-Da is said to be the first ultra-realistic robot capable of drawing people from life using his eye and a pencil in his hand, according to its creators.


Ai-Da painting with its creator

Ai-Da robot sitting with its creator / Aidan Meller

Image credit: Aidan Meller

“We are in an unprecedented technological age, so we are delighted to be able to take a moment to reflect on all that has changed during the Queen’s lifetime,” Meller said. “We are delighted that Ai-Da Robot has made history just in time for the Queen’s Jubilee.”

During her 70-year reign, the Queen embraced the technological transformation of the world. Her TV coronation was key to making television a mainstream medium, and she was the first head of state to send an e-mail. These days, she’s said to prefer an eco-hybrid car to the State Carriage and to embrace social media and digital art.

Algorithm Queen will go on public display in London later this year.

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