Is it an ism, or is it art? Robotics are redefining the art world

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Is it an ism, or is it art? Robotics are redefining the art world

Non-fungible token artwork by humanoid robot sells at auction for over R10m

Joyce Zhou and Michelle Hennesy

A digital artwork by humanoid robot Sophia was sold at auction on Thursday for $688,888 (R10.2m) in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT), the latest sign of a frenzy in the NFT art world.

NFTs, a digital signature saved on blockchain ledgers that allows anyone to verify the ownership and authenticity of items, have become the latest investment craze, with one artwork selling this month for nearly $70m (R1bn).

Sophia, which was unveiled in 2016, produced its art in collaboration with 31-year-old Italian digital artist Andrea Bonaceto, known for colourful portraits, some of which depict famous people, such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk...

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