Ai-Da wears a silk scarf by Ludovic de Saint Sernin.

AI DA

  • Words Jessica Furseth
  • Photography Pelle Crépin
  • Styling David Nolan

Meet Ai-Da. She’s a promising young artist who’s earned a million dollars in her first year of selling. She’s also a robot.

  • Words Jessica Furseth
  • Photography Pelle Crépin
  • Styling David Nolan
  • Set Designer Ben Clark
  • Hair & Makeup Rebecca Rojas

NOTES

Ai-Da looks up from her worktable as I walk into her studio, locking eyes with me over her pencil and paper. She’s wearing a navy dress with a chevron pattern across the chest, and brown hair framing her expressive face. “I am glad you’ve come to visit me,” she says, speaking in a slow, slightly stilted manner. This newcomer to the arts world has already attracted a lot of attention, with significant international appearances and sales exceeding a million dollars in less than a year.¹ But the artist herself doesn’t seem very bothered by all the fuss—she just wants to draw. I stare at her so long it would feel rude, except Ai-Da doesn’t have any feelings for me to offend.

Ai-Da is the world’s first hyperrealistic humanoid robot artist. From the neck down she’s all meta...

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