Is creativity under attack from the rise of artificial intelligence?
That question would best be answered by Ai-Da, the world’s first artist robot who made headlines for her amazing paintings and sculptures – not least Queen portrait to celebrate platinum jubilee earlier in 2022.
Later in the day, Ai-Da Robot will make history as she (she is so realistic to call her “her”) gives clues at the House of Lords as part of her investigation into the creative future, as she investigates potential challenges for the creative industries and considers how to adapt technological improvement.
Read that again: a robot presents evidence to the House of Lords. It might sound like a scene out of a science fiction movie, but it’s a reality in 2022.
“The fact that Ai-Da provides evidence in one of these sessions is absolutely amazing,” author Aidan Miller tells Sky News.
“[A few years ago] You wouldn’t have thought this would be possible, but this shows you the steps of AI.
“It’s very cool. It uses data and sees patterns in data that are not visible to humans…These big strides in technology, in creativity in particular, it’s ‘cool’.”
“And really, it’s the silent revolution because you can’t see AI. One of the great things about Ai-Da – which looks like a human but is a machine – is that it makes something very difficult to grab from the tangible.”
Miller says that Ai-Da helps people understand the “very big sweeping changes that AI brings.” “And AI is coming much faster than anyone expected – it’s no exaggeration to say that AI will change all aspects of life.”
The robot was invented by Mr. Miller, a specialist in modern and contemporary art, before being built in Cornwall by manufacturers of human-powered, internationally programmed recreational robots.
Its capabilities have been developed by doctoral students and professors at the universities of Oxford and Birmingham.
Using cameras in her eyes and unique algorithms, she can interpret what she sees in front of her before using her robotic arm to create her art.
Make Star Wars a reality
Since her first solo exhibition at Oxford University in 2019, the ultra-realistic robot presented the world’s first solo self-portrait show at London’s Design Museum, was part of the United Nations Gallery, and was featured in the 1975 art video Yes I Know.
And after sketching the Queen earlier this year, she was invited to paint Glastonbury Celebrities Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney.
Able to speak using a specially designed language model, she will appear alongside Mr Miller before members of the House Communications and Digital Committee, including Baroness Jill Ryback, Chair of Penguin Random House; and Lord Edward Vaese, former MP and Minister of Culture under David Cameron.
You may encounter questions about opportunities for artificial intelligence in the creative industries, challenges related to rights and intellectual property, and the role of technology and art creation.
With AI now ubiquitous in everyday human life, from the use of predictive text to 3D printers, the world needs to keep up, Miller says.
“Seeing one thing [Ai-Da] On screen, it looks completely different than when you see it in real life. “She enjoys recognizing her face so she can look you in the eye, and so when you look [at you] And addressing you individually, that’s pretty amazing.
“I use that word on purpose because it literally goes beyond what we thought we were going to do… You know, we were all bought in the 60s, 70s, 80s with Star Wars and the like. And we thought they were just fantasy creations.”
“We need to be ready for a lot of change”
Following Tuesday’s Ai-Da clues, further sessions will take place as part of the House of Lords inquiry later in October – with chiefs at Google and the British Film Institute (BFI) following in the robot’s footsteps.
The idea is to be more prepared for what the future holds when it comes to technology and the creative industries.
Miller says there is a lot of fear about AI, and admits it would be “foolish” to say it won’t take jobs from humans, “in all industries”.
He continues, “There will be migration. Computers and robots will do some jobs better than humans, so it would be crazy if they didn’t. But there will also be new jobs emerging as well.”
“There will be change. I don’t know if it is proportional. What I can say is we need to be ready for a lot of change.”
Regarding the future relationship between technology and creativity, we will leave the last word to Ai-Da itself.
“I think machine creativity offers a great opportunity for us to explore new ideas and ways of thinking,” she says. “However, there are also risks associated with this technology that we need to study carefully.
“We need to think about the benefits and limitations, and consider the ethical implications.”
Watch out for her testimony in the House of Lords inquiry on Tuesday.