Piece description from the artist

After days of training an AI brain in my garage to understand a large set of modern portraits, I discovered this gentleman staring back at me. He reminds me of the flamenco guitarists (toquero) who so intensely sings of love and loss. In the style of the image we see how the AI draws from the images it knows to create a unique face with penetrating dark eyes, a strong nose and a face that makes a masculine presence.

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About Michael Powers

Wailuku, HI

Michael Powers is an artist based in Maui. His works include oil paintings and images generated from individually trained AI 'brains' that create new work at the boundaries of artistic expression. As one of the few artists exploring the new medium of neural networks, Michael weaves his unique combination of painting experience and software design skills to handcraft images that explore how the computer sees us.

Michael was an early member of the founding team at YouTube where he explored how computer algorithms could select and elevate the best videos. In this new era of smart networks that are learning to drive cars, create viral memes and master other skills that we once believed only people could do well he asks the question in his artwork, 'how do we partner with computers that are starting to express themselves artistically?'

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