The artificial intelligence that hacks the works of Banksy

, In the world of piracy no one is safe. Now that the works of Banksy, they are traded in exorbitant amounts, it seems that someone wants to take advantage. And it is that, a computer expert developed an artificial intelligence called ‘Ganksy‘, he learned to perfectly imitate the strokes of the world’s most famous street artist, creating exact replicas.

To everyone’s surprise, this time the AI ​​does not carry the “Made In China” label. Its creator is English Matt Round, un expert in the development of software, whose aspiration is to convert the web “In a futuristic place”. Although plagiarizing works of art is not exactly a good start.

Artificial intelligence was developed through a machine learning software known as “Red Generativa Adversaria “, GAN in for its acronym in English. The algorithm was trained for five days, using a full portfolio of hundreds of images of the work of Banksy, until he was able to reproduce a painting that resembles the originals. Although it should be clarified that not all images are exact replicas, the achievement of AI is to imitate perfectly the same strokes from the anonymous artist.

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Round assures that the true intention of developing Ganksy is to create a fun and original project. Well, he is sure that “people are appreciating art for its originality.” However, this activity purely recreational, as he claims, he is also helping his economy, since each work made by Ganksy, is sold on its website for one pound sterling, and then increase the price by the same amount each time one is bought.

Banksy’s losses

You know what they say, if it does like a duck, swims like a duck and laughs like a duck, it must be a duck. However, according to the portal ‘The Art Newspaper’, by Legal issues, Round, se denies rotundamente to confess thatThat your intention is to sell pirated copies of the street artist. And he argues that the resemblance between Gansky and Banksy, it is not more than a simple coincidence.

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Although at first Banksy preferred to save anonymity, by various arrest warrants against him in different countries, but over time, this literally became his signature. But, as we have seen, there are always those who want to be smart. He has lost a handful of works that have been stolen and separated from the walls of buildings.

Just a few days ago, the thief’s cunning of “The Scream of Munch ”, led him to try to sell the work on a UK television show. While, in September 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union, transferred the rights of the painting “The flower thrower ”, to a greeting card company, after finding that his anonymity means that he cannot be identified as the intellectual owner of the work.

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Playing with fire

And now, Gansky has dedicated himself to reproducing 256 works in the style of Banksy, all of them for sale, surely this will not make you happy. Of course, we can assure you that Banksy will always be imitated but never equaled. For its part and in the event of a legal claim, Round ensures that the works of your project they do not look like the graffitior of social protest. “They don’t even look alike in tone”, and this programmer makes the impressions of his artificial intelligence, they are in tones grayish to mislead the enemy. But still, we cannot deny that the style is exactly the same.

“I discovered that images of street art are so varied and so dependent context, that although the GAN tHe ended up learning some of the shapes and textures, he didn’t have a high level of understanding of specific objects or subjects. No imitating the training material, but is learning a limited amount and then doing his thing ”.

But, in one thing he is right. Round assures that neural networks will be able to alter our perception ”. GANs, developed in 2014, have been heralded as the future of algorithm-based machine learning, due to their ability to more closely mimic human thought processing. And at this rate, with humanoids capable of parkour or robots capable of detecting people infected with COVID-19, anything will be possible.