Remarkable robot artist Ai-Da to paint at Glastonbury

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Ai-Da Robot, the world's first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist, will make her debut as a portrait painter to the stars at Glastonbury this week.

At the festival, she will show portraits of headliners Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar, and Paul McCartney, painted with her new cutting-edge painting arm - which utilises ground-breaking AI algorithms and robotics.

In addition to showing off existing portraits, during her four-day artist residency in the Shangri-La field, Ai-Da will be giving live demonstrations of her incredible painting skills from 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm from Thursday until the final Sunday.

During each painting session, Ai-Da will paint a different artist performing at the festival with a focus on Shangri-La artists, who this year include Kae Tempest, Groves, Fatboy Slim, Shy FX and Brass Against The Machine.

Ai-Da's creator Aidan Meller - a specialist in contemporary and modern art - first had the inspiration to create an AI artist when his son made a Lego robot. He then teamed up with the machine learning department at Oxford and PhD students from Birmingham University and robotics firm Engineered Arts to bring the AI artist to life.

"I thought actually, is it possible to critique the world of AI, as it develops in this massive way around us," he explained. "By creating an AI artwork actually by an AI robot.

"If we keep doing what we're doing now the shifts in technology are breathtaking," he added. "I can't even imagine what Ai-Da will be like in 2025 let alone 2030. The changes are going to be profound."

Prints of her works will also be on sale in the Shangri-La field art shop, ShangrilART Gallery, for festivalgoers to buy and take home with them.

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