Artistic Robot Decides What To Paint Next [Video]

Artistic Robot Decides What To Paint Next [Video]

Machine beats artists at their own game in this creative experiment.

Ross Brooks
  • 11 july 2013

Some people would say that painting takes years of practice, and cannot be mastered by everyone – but how then, would they explain a robot that learned to paint in a fraction of that time?

e-David is an ordinary welding machine that has been equipped with sensors, a camera and a control computer – not to mention painting supplies that consist of five different brushes and a 24-color palette.

After being given a set of initial instructions from a programmer, e-David goes to work on his next masterpiece. Instead of being completely controlled by the programmer, the robot watches itself paint and decides of it’s own accord where to add the next stroke.


The end result would – hopefully – be a completed painting, testing the limits of machine learning and revealing whether painting is made up of rules just like so many other processes. Take a look at the video to see the result:

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