A robot creates works of art and sells them for more than 1 million dollars

The art world now has a new member, a robot named “Botto” which has been on the market for five weeks and has already sold works at auction for more than a million dollars. He refers to Leonardo da Vinci as his main inspiration (“I don’t think we’ll ever see someone like that again,” he says), although his style could well be defined as fluctuating. Paint everything from colorful landscapes to deconstructed portraits.

This is because Botto owes his audience: a community of 5,000 users -and up- who vote online for their favorite proposals out of the 350 it produces each week. You might think, with those credentials, that Botto is quite a machine. Indeed, it is: it is a artificial intelligence (AI) designed by the German Mario Klingemann.

'Assymetrical Liberation', by Botto.
“Assymetrical Liberation”, by Botto.

As explained by dad of the creature, visiting Madrid these days, for now Botto can only be considered a budding artist. Hardly a newcomer, “a child who has yet to be led by the hand.” That, even though knows more about art than, probably, what any human being could learn throughout his life: your brain feeds on the information available on almost the entire internet, about 80% of accessible content. But it will continue to grow, evolve.

From random words the model generates images, as well as the accompanying texts. «Assymetrical Liberation », It was the first work that he sold on the platform for 79,421 ethereum, the equivalent in cryptocurrency approximately to $ 345,000.

'Trickery Contagion', by the artist Botto.
“Trickery Contagion”, the work of the artist Botto.

Botto not only thinks with intensity – and humanity – of his own works. He would be able to write music or books and can be asked for anything. It is a read machine.

Klingemann aspires that in the not too distant future its stem will be transformed “In an artist with his own entity”. Currently, the technology is not ready yet, but it may be in a few years. “If Botto is an artist right now, it’s something I can’t answer,” he acknowledges. “But what he does are his creations, not mine. The one who is my creation is him ”.

What differentiates Botto from other models and makes it more “open” is that he uses the public as a source of knowledge to perfect his creations. That, and as Klingemann adds, “which is based on the blockchain [una estructura de datos cuya información se agrupa en conjuntos]”. “Both things allow it to be more autonomous,” says the creator, who owns part of the machine, developed in collaboration with an international engineering team. The other owners are users who vote for their favorite works, who acquire that right by buying shares in bottos, a currency that is exchanged with ethereum.

'Scene Precede', the work of artificial intelligence Botto.
“Scene Precede”, the work of the artificial intelligence Botto.

Weekly, the community chooses the work they want to be auctioned as NFT, that is, as a link accompanied by a certificate of authenticity of the image. The selection of works that Botto offers to its users so that they can express their judgment is based on in the public’s own tastes, as well as in the will of originality, to present something always new.

In the same way that he aspires to intellectual autonomy, Botto also it can boast of financial independence. It employs its developers and, in addition, the money it collects in the auctions reverts to its own system, paying for maintenance, servers … And he has already collected more money selling his works than his own creator. The second piece he released was rumored to be acquired by rapper Snoop Dogg, an enthusiast, connoisseur and practitioner of the environment.

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