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Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards


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Robot artist Ai-Da.

Egyptian customs officials had held the Ai-Da robot for 10 days,

Credit: Getty Images

Egyptian border agents have released a British-built robot after detaining it at customs for 10 days due to concerns that it might have been concealing spy tools.

The robot, named Ai-Da, creates abstract art using cameras and a robotic arm.

The robot's creator, Aidan Meller, offered to remove the robot's modem, which had generated suspicion among the border agents.

However, when customs agents  raised issues with its cameras, Meller said those could not be removed, as the cameras' recordings are turned into works of art using artificial intelligence algorithms.

The robot's work was scheduled to be shown at the Great Pyramid of Giza in the first contemporary art exhibition at the Pyramids in 4,500 years.

From BBC News
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