Artificial Intelligence: Germany’s Artai.biz Helps With The Provenance Of Historical Artifacts

March 17, 2021 | Artificial Intelligence, News
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Their AI model recognizes artifacts in Internet pictures and photographs.

Artai.biz, a German AI startup, has made it easier to establish the provenance of a historical artifact or antique. Provenance refers to the object’s history of origin, a detailed list of its owners, and publications about it in books and magazines. A convincing and reliable provenance goes a long way towards establishing the object’s authenticity. Artai’s system is capable of identifying an object in the vast database of pictures and photographs resident on the Internet. (EIN Presswire)

Artai’s AI-based service

All a user needs to do is photograph the object. Artai will use the image and scan the Internet to identify wherever it is depicted in pictures or historical illustrations. The results will be displayed in a few seconds.

Artai trained their neural network on over 100 million documents, books, and magazines from archives across the world. The extensive database makes the results from the search more reliable.

Artai’s service will speed up the verification of historical artifacts and reduce the costs of establishing their provenance.

Successful experiment

Researchers ran an image of an antique (on the left in the image above) through Artai’s system. The AI model immediately pointed to a historical image from the early 20th century. This image (on the right in the image) was of the Chinese Emperor Guangxu and depicted a similar object on the shelf behind him (outlined in the red box).

Though this exercise demonstrated the efficiency of the AI system, the researchers decided to reconfirm their findings with an independent opinion.

They consulted Jeremiah Jenne (a well-known expert in the field of Chinese history) on the search result.

Jenne revealed that the horse-shaped image tracked by the Artai AI was that of a historical artifact that once belonged to Emperor Guangxu. Worth tens of millions of dollars, the antique now rested in a private collection.

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