The humanoid robot known as Sophia has created an artwork of which the digital version will be sold as an NFT through Nifty Gateway. The auction will take place starting from March 23rd, and is inspired by the works of Andrea Bonaceto. This will be the first time a robot with an artificial intelligence sells an NFT to the public.
Obviously Sophia doesn’t have any talent for painting itself. She learned to paint through machine learning. For this particular artwork David Hanson, the creator of Sophia, put lots of artworks from Bonaceto into her ‘brain’. As a result she’s now able to make drawings by hand, using brushstrokes, inspired by her newly acquired knowledge.
Sophia and Bonaceto will auction several NFT artworks. These will be revealed by Nifty Gateway in the coming days.
Digital art on the rise
Currently we’re seeing lots of adoption in the NFT space. The story of these NFTs is mainly told through art sales and digital collectibles. In recent months we’ve seen Deadmau5, 3LAU, Carl Cox and Kings of Leon drop their own NFTs. In addition celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Soulja Boy and Grimes have created and sold digital collectibles or true art.
Last week auction house Christie’s auctioned an NFT made by Beeple. The NFT instantly reached legendary status by selling for more than $69 million. This is now – by far – the most expensive NFT on the market.
What is NFT art?
NFT is the abbreviation for non-fungible tokens, which are tokens that signify ownership over unique digital assets. These assets can for example be items in a game, crypto art, or digital collectibles. In addition it could also be a ticket for a cinema or perhaps a subscription for public transit. The usability of NFTs doesn’t end with art, it only starts there. Just like physical art, there can be unlimited copies. But ultimately there can only be one Mona Lisa.
Mostly we value art for its aesthetics and cultural relevance, but above all on the ability to verify the creator and its proven rarity. With blockchain technology these last two features are part of the blockchain. Everybody can see and confirm who minted these original creations.
The concept of seeing a digital image as art, is one thing. However, for many people it will be a challenge to consider digital images as valuable. Consider this: The Mona Lisa is worth many millions of dollars. If I would paint the Mona Lisa in an exact copy, it would be worth only 50 dollars. Because we all know where the original version is.
Being able to verify the authenticity and rarity of a piece of art is crucial. In the end everything can be art. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a still image, moving image, video, music or a combination of everything.
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