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Fusing Art and Tech: MORF Gallery CEO Scott Birnbaum on Digital Paintings, NFTs and More

19/01/2022

Browse through MORF Gallery - virtually or at an in-person exhibition - and you'll find robots that paint, digital dreamscape experiences, and fine art brought to life by visual effects.

The gallery showcases cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind artwork from award-winning artists who fuse their creative skills with AI, machine learning, robotics and neuroscience.

Scott Birnbaum, CEO and co-founder of MORF Gallery, a Silicon Valley startup, spoke with NVIDIA AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz about digital art, non-fungible tokens, as well as ArtStick, a plug-in device that turns any TV into a premium digital art gallery.

The AI Podcast Fusing Art and Tech: MORF Gallery CEO Scott Birnbaum on Digital Paintings, NFTs and More Ep. 150

Key Points From This Episode:

Artists featured by MORF Gallery create fine art using cutting-edge technology. For example, robots help with mundane tasks like painting backgrounds. Visual effects add movement to still paintings. And machine learning can help make NeoMasters - paintings based on original works that were once lost but resurrected or recreated with AI's help.

The digital art space offers new and expanding opportunities for artists, technologists, collectors and investors. For one, non-fungible tokens, Birnbaum says, have been gaining lots of attention recently. He gives an overview of NFTs and how they authenticate original pieces of digital art.

Tweetables: Paintbrushes, cameras, computers and AI are all technologies that move the art world forward as extensions of human creativity. - Scott Birnbaum [8:27]

Technology is enabling creative artists to really push the boundaries of what their imaginations can allow. - Scott Birnbaum [13:33]

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