Robot artist Ai-Da falls asleep while addressing the House of Lords


Earlier this year, gallery director Aidan Meller told Dazed that the dominance of AI artists — such as Ai-Da, the robot he created — is only a matter of time. He suggested that artificial intelligence’s domination of the creative industries in the future means that the success of future artists will depend on “Embrace change rather than resist it.” Now, the robot itself has relayed that message to Lords — right after Miller has turned it off and on again.

Yes, the “world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist” addressed a parliamentary committee, setting a historical precedent, and the first thing she did was break down. However, after a quick reboot – which included Miller popping some sunglasses on her silicone nose, apparently because she makes some”Interesting Faces” when she was reassigned – she was back in action and was ready to tell the Lords Communications Committee and the Digital Committee everything they wanted to know about the rise of AI.

If you’re unfamiliar, Ai-Da is basically a bionic skeleton with cameras for eyes, frighteningly lifelike skin and hair, and an innovative robotic arm to draw straight from life. In April, she opened her first exhibition in Venice, coinciding with the Venice Biennale. She also has shows in Egypt (where she has been detained on suspicion of being a spy), the Design Museum in London, and her hometown of Oxford.

It is clear that Ai-Da giving a lecture on the future of AI art is not the most impressive thing she has shown over the course of her ‘career’. Even if made using its complex linguistic model, politicians’ questions were pre-screened to ensure half-decent answers, and they weren’t always in control of their bodily functions (although that probably makes them at home in lords).

EveProjectSyndicate en And it was even more awkward to shut down Ai-Da in the middle of the conversation, though, as the panelists themselves – from Bishop of Worcester, 70-year-old Baroness Featherstone – Who seriously questioned the robot in desperation Try to show keep up with the times.

In a video posted on the bot’s official Instagram, one of the members simply greets Ai-Da, smiling awkwardly for a few seconds, not knowing where to look while you wait for the bot to reply: “Hey there.” Other members investigated how Ai-Da produces art, how it differs from human, and the members look at him nodding—either admiring or puzzled—as she walks them through what we already know about her inner workings.

Did Ai-Da say anything particularly unprecedented? Not really, though Featherston claimed she was “partly horrified” by how sophisticated the technology had become. Then again, Featherstone may have feared for her job. If Ai-Da ever wanted to move away from art to a career in politics, she’s already got the vague answers right down to fine art. When asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on the creative industries, the robot artist came up with a quite ambiguous response, concluding: “Technology can be both a threat and an opportunity for artists.” When the committee asked her about her predictions for the future, she simply said that she is rsupplied: “There is no clear answer.”

There was one moment that summed up the danger of AI meddling in our art and politics. Faced with the size of the dataset that Ai-Da can use to create art (which could essentially extend to the entire Internet), Featherstone said, “that fuels all the movies about AI taking over the world,” and the fact that he sees working with a robot as a collaboration, more than Being a high-tech puppet business. But in the face of the current politicians, it might be he is It’s time to experience the dictatorship of artificial intelligence. Can we even tell the difference?


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