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See how Google AI breathed new life into 10,000 Bored Ape NFTs

AI-based imaging technology has become more and more powerful and impressive over time. In particular, the NFT art space has benefited greatly from this emerging technology, with projects like Entropy Cards featuring pieces generated almost entirely using AI tools. Some projects in the NFT space are even preparing to integrate AI into NFTs.

However, with the release of the Artsy Monke collection, it may be time to embrace tradition and return to monk. For those skeptical of the project based on its name alone, it’s not an attempt to cling to the branding that defines the most popular collection in the space. Artsy Monke is different – it’s a collection of 10,000 AI-generated images, all based on the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s original 10,000 piece drop.

A promising start for AI in NFTs

The 10,000 Artsy Monkes sold out at breakneck speed after their strike in mid-July. Collectors were immediately drawn to these dazzling and painterly renditions of the apes which have continued to capture the hearts and minds of the NFT community. The best part? Each Artsy Monke sold for just 0.01 ETH after the initial mint – around $16.53.

Prices for these computer-generated monkeys have steadily increased in the secondary market since then, but not by much. At the time of writing, the highest price paid for an Artsy Monke on OpenSea is 0.5 ETH, for Monke #442. While not a life-changing amount, it’s still 50 times more than the original buyer paid for it.

Thanks to its low prices and the promise of a future metaverse theme park with play-to-earn (P2E) gaming experiences, as noted in its press release, the collection has consistently remained on the OpenSea charts. of the most popular projects over the weeks. since its release.

The logistical challenges of AI-driven NFTs

So what makes this collection so special? This wasn’t done with readily available AI image generators like DALL-E mini – in fact, the software and technology used to create this technology was created by Google and developers Artsy Monke. Artsy Monke AI Artist Crypto Grims used the Google Colab computing platform and the tech giant’s cutting-edge cloud services to launch the project. These powerful tools were complemented by Grims’ own programming know-how, which allowed the project to succeed despite its large scale.

But this scale demanded robust solutions. In the press release, Grims detailed the multi-step process behind the AI ​​renditions of each “monke OG” – the term used affectionately by the Artsy Monke team to refer to the original BAYC collection. The first step was to feed the original 10,000 monkeys into the machine “like a loose canvas in which to frame generative art,” Grims said.

Next, Grims taught the AI ​​platform to paint in twenty different art styles – each shortlisted by the Artsy Monke team – in a groundbreaking setting that was reminiscent of Crypto Grims’ early work with AI art. . As the 2021 bull run gained traction, Grims injected the power of AI. Of course, having a software engineering background was a significant boost – as Grims would detail in a blog post on bored panda – they figured out how to “train a neural network to paint a punk cartoon in the style of Picasso” within the very first weeks of experimentation.

Unfortunately, that first AI-generated piece wasn’t perfect. It took Grims’ computer over an hour to generate the image, and the output was just a thumbnail that only vaguely resembled the work of the Spanish art icon, or even a cartoon punk, by the way. At that point, Grims thought they were done with AI art – until they discovered just how much AI coin-making tools had evolved over the next few months. .

Using recent advancements in AI and image streaming, Grims has developed an AI “trained with 14 million images and with a vest dataset of associated keywords.” With a few text prompts, the AI ​​can now “create any art on any subject, in the style of any artist.” Now, Grims and the rest of the Artsy Monke team aim to further promote their data-driven tribute to BAYC. However, deploying this AI project may take time – and it could take longer before a full NFT collection is created. But with past successes, we can expect another big splash on the scene before long.


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