Man Vs Machine
To set some ground rules for these epic versus matches.
- It must be Man/Woman Versus actual machine. For example it cannot be a man with a spade versus an earth mover. For the simple reason someone has to operate the machine in that case.
- It has to be current technology. It cannot be Mike Tyson Versus Adam from Real Steel. That is fiction.
- It must be within the same broad sphere as the human. For instance it can’t be an artist and a colour printer.
The First Ever Man V Machine Segment – Artistic Painting.
This is Alison Van Pelt a contemporary American artist who trained in Los Angeles and Florence. Her work evokes notes of minimalism and expressionist styles. The painting above is called Chuck Close.
This is e-David this weeks Machine. Said to be as creative as a human artist, e-David can sketch, paint and draw in various mediums. Show it a picture and it can duplicate the picture using a built in camera. The camera is then fed into a ‘feedback loop’ which can be controlled to show as much or as little detail from the original as desired.
Though I take the point that this robot, does indeed paint. By using a camera to copy from an original it is not capable of the type of freedom and imagination of a human painter.
In reality painting isn’t limited to humans, there is a famous elephant who paints and has sold paintings. So this Man V Machine, has to for now at least go to the Human, Alison Van Pelt.