Robot painting Glastonbury famous faces says festival atmosphere is ‘electric’

A robot painter creating likenesses of the biggest names performing at Glastonbury has said the atmosphere at the festival is “electric”. Ai-Da is heralded as the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist and is the creation of a team led by Aiden Meller – which has set up a booth to display her talents at Glastonbury’s famous Shangri-La field. The human-faced automaton, whose appearance and name are inspired by famed computer programmer Ada Lovelace, takes between two and eight hours to make its masterpieces – the latest of which include this year’s Glastonbury headliners Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney.

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