Ukrainian Deep Tech Startup Trains AI to Paint NFT War Art

A Ukrainian deep tech startup has created an AI that paints war art to support the victims of the war with Russia.
Image source: Sirens Gallery

Quick take:

  • A Ukrainian deep tech startup has trained an AI to paint war art of the country’s ongoing conflict with Russia.
  • The AI-generated pieces will be sold to raise money to help people affected by the war.
  • The collection comprises 2,000 artworks in total to be showcased on the Sirens Gallery’s website from June 24.

It’s nearly four months since Russia invaded Ukraine. The war-torn nation has seen some of its most treasured monuments blown to dust, buildings looking like ruins, and worst of all, several lives lost.

The world has shown its support in various ways, even the crypto community found a way. But the biggest support came from within, both in manpower and resources. And now, the tech side of the economy is leveraging the disruptive power of NFTs to chip in.

A deep-tech startup has trained an AI to paint NFT war artworks of some of the most gripping moments captured during the war.

The collection is comprised of 2,000 AI-generated artworks depicting different moments in the war, including the comprehensively covered Snake Island or the Russian ‘Moskva’ cruiser on fire.

There are also scenes depicting the war on snow with scenes of locals sheltering in subways or the shelling of Ukrainian cities. There is also a portrait of Ukraine’s indefatigable president Zelenskyy, accompanied by text describing his decision to stay in the country after Russia asked him to leave, and instead, asking the West to send weapons.

The AI is created by game developer startup ZibraAI, which has most of its staff in the country. The team focuses on machine learning and content generation technologies, the basis that helped create the new AI.

Speaking in an interview with TechCrunch, ZibraAI COO Roman Mogylnyi said the team created a new technology and fine-tuned it using pictures from the war with the initial focus being to make the models look like artworks.

“It was fine-tuned for the events of the war because if you just type in some events from Mariupol in general, usual neural networks won’t do that. So that’s why some images may seem familiar … because they were in a fine-tuning dataset.”

While MogyInyi acknowledges having looked at different approaches, he maintained that the team always strives to make its own technologies. 

“It has text inputs that you type in and then you get the artwork. Also, much work was done because it took quite a lot of time to make it look like real artworks — and in a good way,” he said.

The collection will be put up for sale as NFTs or digital collectibles starting Friday on Sirens Gallery’s website, with the intention of raising $2 million for their two chosen local charities. The team has placed a starting price of $100 for each NFT.

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