Has creativity been hit by the rise of artificial intelligence?
Who better to answer that question than Ai-Da, the world’s first artist robot to make headlines for its incredible paintings and sculptures — especially Portrait of the Queen celebrating the Platinum Jubilee Early 2022.
Later today, Ada Robot will make history as she (she’s too realistic to call her “it”) testifies in the House of Lords as part of its “Creative Futures” inquiry into the potential challenges of the creative industries and Study how they adapt to technological advances.
Read back: A robot, giving evidence to the House of Lords. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but in 2022, it will be a reality.
“The fact that Ada gave evidence at one of the conferences was very exciting,” creator Aidan Mailer told Sky News.
“[A few years ago] You wouldn’t even think it’s possible, but this shows you the progress of artificial intelligence.
“It’s pretty amazing. It uses data and sees patterns in the data that aren’t obvious to humans… These technological advancements, especially in the area of creativity, are very ‘wow’.
“In fact, it’s a silent revolution because you can’t see artificial intelligence. One of the great things about Ai-Da — looks like a human, but is clearly a machine — she does make some things hard to grasp Or, tangible.”
Ada helps people understand “the big, sweeping changes that artificial intelligence is bringing about,” Mr. Mailer said. “And AI is coming much faster than anyone expected – it’s no exaggeration to say that AI will change every aspect of life.”
The robot was designed by Mr Mailer, an expert in modern and contemporary art, before being built in Cornwall by humanoid entertainment robot maker Engineered Arts and programmed internationally.
Her abilities were developed by PhD students and professors at Oxford and Birmingham.
Using the camera in her eyes and unique algorithms, she is able to interpret what she sees in front of her before using her robotic arm to create her art.
Making Star Wars a reality
Since its first solo exhibition at Oxford University in 2019, the hyperreal robot has had the world’s first solo self-portrait exhibition at London’s Design Museum, participated in a UN exhibition, and appeared in an art video for The 1975 I Know.
After painting the Queen earlier this year, she was invited to paint Glastonbury headliners Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney painting.
Capable of conversing using a specially designed language model, she will appear alongside Mr Meller before members of the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee, including Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House; Lord Edward Weiser, MP and Minister of Culture.
She may face issues such as the opportunities of AI in the creative industries, the challenges of rights and intellectual property rights, and the role of technology and artistic creation.
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With artificial intelligence now ubiquitous, from the use of predictive text to 3D printers, the world needs to keep up, Mr. Mailer said.
“Seeing is one thing [Ai-Da] On screen, seeing her in reality is very different,” he said. “She has facial recognition so she can look you in the eyes, so when she looks [at you] And solve your problem alone, it’s very exciting.
“I use that word on purpose because it’s actually beyond our imagination…you know, we were all bought off by Star Wars stuff in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s. We think they’re just Fantasy creation.”
‘We need to prepare for a lot of changes’
Following Ada’s testimony on Tuesday, further meetings will be held later in October as part of the House of Lords inquiry – with the bosses of Google and the British Film Institute (BFI) to follow in her robotic footsteps.
The idea is to prepare for the future of technology and creative industries.
Mr Meller said there was a lot of fear around AI, admitting it would be “foolish” to say it won’t take human jobs from “all industries”.
He continued: “There will be migration. Computers and robots will do better than humans, so it would be crazy for them not to. But there will also be new jobs.
“There will be change. I don’t know if it’s proportionate. All I can say is we need to prepare for a lot of change.”
Regarding the relationship between technology and creativity in the future, we will leave the final decision to Aida.
“I believe that machine creativity provides us with a great opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of thinking,” she said. “However, we need to carefully consider the risks associated with this technology.
“We need to consider the benefits and constraints, and consider the ethical implications.”
Look out for her evidence at the House of Lords inquiry on Tuesday.