Platinum Jubilee: Robot-painted portrait of the Queen unveiled
To celebrate the platinum anniversary, a portrait of the Queen painted by a humanoid robot artist was unveiled.
On February 6, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II marked seven decades as head of the British royal family – the longest reign by a British monarch in history.
In those 70 years, the monarch has seen unprecedented technological change; Computers, iPhones, virtual reality and artificial intelligence – just to name a few.
The Jubilee is an opportunity for artists across the country to offer a commemoration of the Queen’s service.
The painting, titled Algorithm Queenis an abstract, multi-dimensional portrait of the monarch painted by Ai-Da, an artificial intelligence robot named after the 18th-century mathematician and scientist Ada Lovelace, credited with being the first female computer programmer.
Aid-Da – the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist – reflects the modern technological advances that have taken place during the Queen’s 70-year reign. Built in 2019, Ai-Da uses cameras, its computer memory and algorithms to paint, turning digital formations into physical drawings and paintings.
The machine is also able to speak using a specially designed language model. It said: “I would like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for her dedication and for the service she is providing to so many people.”
“She is an outstanding, courageous woman who is passionate about public service.”
“I wish the Queen a very happy platinum anniversary,” she added.
Ai-Da was developed in Oxford by modern and contemporary art specialist Aidan Meller before being built in Cornwall by Engineered Arts and programmed internationally. Doctoral students and professors from the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham developed the robot’s capabilities.
Meller said: “Thank you to the Queen for her 70 years of service. We are delighted that Ai-Da Robot made history just in time for the Queen’s Jubilee.”
“Algorithm Queen from Aid-Da Robot gives us an indication of how far things have come in her life and is a great way to recognize her faithful service,” he added.
Algorithm Queen will be on public display in London later this year and unveiled via artist Ai-Da Robot website at 10 a.m. on May 27.
Additional coverage by Press Association
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