In October 2018 the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm.

The painting, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was sold for $432,500, which was much more than anyone had been expecting. This groundbreaking sale created some controversy, not least in the AI art world itself.

Jordan Erica Webber and Ian Sample look at what it means to be creative in a world where artificial intelligence is starting to create art sold at auction. Jordan chats to Luba Elliott, an AI art curator, and Ian speaks to the author Leonard Mlodinow.

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