Development of artificial intelligence technologies: from paintings to trucks
In November 2018, the painting called “Portrait of Edmond de Belamy” was sold for 432 thousand dollars at Christie’s auction, which is 40 times higher than its original amount. The work seems unusual, with its unique style that makes it almost unfinished. The portrait is centered on the canvas, and in the lower right corner there is a signature. However, instead of the initials or the name of the artist there is a mathematical equation.
All these features are inherent in the picture for the reason that this work of art was not created by people. The painting was designed by an artificial intelligence called GAN. The robot uses a type of program that is based on other portraits of “learning to draw.” This means that he can continue to create new works of art based on the analysis of existing ones.
The new form of the robot “GANism” – named in honour of the type of AI used to create art, without a doubt, will have an interesting future. Regardless of the true author of the work, the huge price paid for this copy is a big step in the development of artificial intelligence technologies.
The development of artificial intelligence technology in the field of freight transportation
In January 2018, Volvo announced its agreement with Brønnøy Kalk according to which six autonomous trucks will deliver limestone from Norwegian quarry to a nearby port. This is the first agreement of its kind for Volvo Trucks and is unique in its form. Whereas Brønnøy Kalk AS does not buy trucks for its business, but rents them from Volvo Trucks. The fee will be charged for each ton of limestone delivered from the quarry to the port. The road that will be overcome by autopilot trucks is five kilometers.
Raymond Langford, the Director of the mine, described the cooperation with Volvo Trucks as a step, which can greatly improve production efficiency. Which is vital for modern production as the market becomes more global and the competition for the Norwegian mine only increases.
The trucks will have an on-board operator, in case something goes wrong, although Volvo Trucks Company is sure that the vehicles will not have any problems. The Corporation announced that the tests in the quarry continue, and so far completely successful. They will continue until the end of 2019, before the unusual transport service will be fully operational.