Feb 9, 2023

AI-powered FRIDA robot collaborates with humans to create art

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“I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality,” said Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s woman painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature.

The same cannot be said for the new artist-in-residence FRIDA at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, whose name is inspired by the Mexican artist. FRIDA is not an artist but a robotic arm equipped with a paintbrush that uses artificial intelligence to collaborate with humans on works of art. Just ask FRIDA to paint a picture, and it gets to work putting brush to canvas.

FRIDA stands for Framework and Robotics Initiative for Developing Arts. The project is led by Schaldenbrand with RI faculty members Jean Oh and Jim McCann and has attracted students and researchers across CMU.

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