VOCATIV.COM - May 20 - Andrew Conru, an internet pioneer, is trying to determine at what point artificial intelligence develops emotional intelligence, and he thinks he can do it with an art contest. ~31 different robots competed for $100K in prizes at the first annual International Robot Art Competition. "We're trying to answer the question: Is it possible for robots to create something beautiful?", Conru said. "On the surface, it looks like just a painting or art contest, but it's actually a contest to see if we can put a soul or an emotional component in this technology. In 1994, Conru launched WebPersonals, the first online dating site. He sold the company a year later and started FriendFinder, one of the first social networking site. From the very beginning, Conru noticed that most users were just posting nude photos and looking for sex, so he created Adult FriendFinder. In 2007, Conru sold FriendFinder Networks to Penthouse Media Group for $500M, but he remains the CEO. Since building the FriendFinder empire, Conru has discovered his passion for art. In 2015, he completed one painting a day. Now, he posts weekly paintings to his blog, dailyoil.
by Jennings Brown
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