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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Robot paints portrait of Monarch to mark 70 years on the throne

A portrait of the Queen painted by a humanoid robot artist has been unveiled ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Titled Algorithm Queen, it was painted by Ai-Da Robot – an artificial intelligence machine built in 2019.

It was designed to create drawings, painting, and sculptures by using cameras in its eyes and its computer memory, before deploying a variety of unique algorithms to paint, draw and abstract images.

A robotic arm lets it turn its digital formations into physical drawings and paintings.

Ai-Da Robot – named after 18th century mathematician and scientist Ada Lovelace – is also able to converse using a specially designed language model.

It said: “I’d like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for her dedication, and for the service she gives to so many people.

“She is an outstanding, courageous woman who is utterly committed to public service.

“I think she’s an amazing human being, and I wish The Queen a very happy Platinum Jubilee.”

Ai-Da Robot was devised in Oxford by Aidan Meller, a specialist in modern and contemporary art, before being built in Cornwall by Engineered Arts and programmed internationally.

The robot’s capabilities were developed by PhD students and professors at the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.

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Mr Meller said: “The Queen has been a stable and strong leader in a period of extraordinary change and development in history.

“Algorithm Queen by Ai-Da Robot gives us a marker of how far things have come in her life, and a great way to acknowledge her faithful service.”

Algorithm Queen was layered and scaled to produce the final multi-dimensional portrait of the monarch.

The machine’s artistic process was designed to reflect the different aspects of technological change that have taken place during the Queen’s 70-year reign.

It will be exhibited publicly in London later this year and revealed on the Ai-Da Robot artist website from 10am today.

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