The most popular NFT in the world are transformed into machine-made paintings using AI software.
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, Sept. 1, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since Google’s DeepDream program in 2015, machine learning has advanced significantly. We suddenly find ourselves able to create any image we can imagine in any style, as opposed to the original technology’s lucid dream of turning everything within a photo into a creepy dog’s face. The fact that it can achieve this new level of accuracy using a text description rather than a reference image is one of the most astonishing recent developments. One of the latest projects to explore this technology, Artsy Monke, was developed using Google’s powerful Cloud Computing service and recent advances in AI and image distribution methods on their collaborative notebook platform, Colab.
“We fed the machine ten thousand cartoon monkeys, it then destroyed each one in turn using noise filters, then brought them back to life over hundreds of steps to bring a new artwork into focus according to the descriptive instructions we requested.” Said the project’s artist, CryptoGrims. “There remains a ghost of the original monkey if you half-close your eyes and look sideways at it, but up close, every pixel is brand new, and suddenly you have an oil-painted landscape.”
The results are incredible. Browsing through the 10,000 Artsy Monke collection, it’s easy to pick out the intricate Viking ship scenes, the moody neon cityscapes and the intense stormy oceans, but if we step back while looking at any one piece, we see what once a very famous Bored looking Monkey.
The collection of 10,000 portraits of picturesque monkeys took several machines weeks of processing power to compute, but only minutes to finally sell out. “We initially sold about 400, and then told the world about it.” Named project artist CryptoGrims. “When that happened, all ten thousand were gone within minutes.”
Holders have since continued to trade the artwork on NFT marketplace OpenSea, with over 200 ETH ($316,680) in sales volume generated in secondary sales alone. Anyone who bought an Artsy Monke for $1 a few weeks ago will now be able to sell it for almost forty times that amount. With the highest purchase so far at 1 Eth, there are already over two hundred and fifty of the pieces currently listed for sale by their owners at an eye-watering 10 ETH ($15,834) or higher.
With a 4K resolution print-ready version available only to owners, the collection quickly evolved to be much more than just art. An online video game arcade world is in development, with Artsy Monke holders getting free access to play and earn digital currency. They are also releasing a series of children’s books in collaboration with a best-selling author/illustrator to cement a relationship with their future audience.
“We felt there was something missing in standard NFT art. We wanted to recreate the magic of the Bored Ape collection and turn it into art.” Dan Hovey, Artsy Monke’s Blockchain developer, said. More information can be found at OpenSea or the official website at ArtsyMonke.com.
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