A 15-year old learner from Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch will fly the South African flag at this year’s Virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the United States. As reported by IOL, Alexander van der Merwe will join more than 1 800 young scientists from around the world who will compete for nearly R73 million in awards, prizes, and scholarships.
It is alleged the young aspiring scientist explored the idea of whether machine learning algorithms can create art that is imaginative and creative enough to fool people into believing that the art was created by a human, by using a sample size of 480 participants. According to, van der Merwe he read about an artwork produced by a computer selling for more than 400 000 dollars at an art auction and wondered whether computers can use artificial intelligence to have imagination, SABC reports.
In 2018, van der Merwe also claimed one of only two wins against American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura at the SA National Junior Chess Championships in Boksburg. The tournament commences from May 16 until the 21st.