A British-built robot which gained massive popularity after her unique abstract drawing features surfaced online has been released shortly after detention by Egyptian authorities.
Ai-Da, named after mathematician Ada Lovelace, was seized by border agents last week who feared her robotics may have been hiding covert spy tools.
Officials held the robot for 10 days, imperilling plans to show her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday.
Meanwhile, The UK’s Embassy in Cairo had told reporters that it is “glad” the case is resolved.
“The Embassy is glad to see that Ai-Da the artist robot has now been cleared through customs,” the embassy said in a statement. “Customs clearance procedures can be lengthy, and are required before importation of any artworks or IT equipment.”
According to Ai-Da’s creator, Aidan Meller, border guards seized Ai-Da because they had been suspicious of her modem, before then raising issues with her camera.
Mr Meller offered to remove the modem, but said that he could not remove the cameras, which are essential to Ai-Da’s ability to paint.
” The robot uses AI algorithms to turn what is recorded through its camera into works of art.”I can ditch the modems, but I can’t really gouge her eyes out,” he told reporters.