Watch: A Painting Robot Teaches Us About The Creative Process

Set it in front of a famous picture, and this robot will paint another one for you.

E-David was once a humble welding robot. Now, he’s a master painter. Set e-David in front of any photo, and he’ll examine it, deconstruct the methodology behind it, and choose between five brushes and countless strokes to re-create the painting. You’d think his parents would be proud of such accomplishments, but researcher Oliver Deussen insists that e-David is not creative, and probably not even an artist.

“The machine does only have a very limited idea about what it is doing, no intention,” Deuseen explains. “This way it will never make deep art in the sense of how one would judge a human painter and his art works. Our simulation is only about the craftsmanship that is involved in the painting process, not about the underlying deep concepts of artists.”

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