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Hey you creatives! Robots will steal your job

Menno van Doorn
August 20, 2013

Is a machine able to learn the whole process of creating a painting? That’s what the e-David project of the University of Konstanz is all about (Drawing Apparatus for Vivid Image Display). It is an ordinary robot, which typically is used for manufacturing cars, combined with sensors, a camera and a control computer. The results might influence our perception of what art is – besides the imitation of existing drawing styles the machine might enable new techniques since labor plays no role anymore. This way, very complex visual art works can be created. The software and hardware platform will be open to artists, which can realize art works on a Java-based/processing environment. e-David Robot Painting from eDavid on Vimeo.

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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