We have arrived at the age of realistic art robots that not only are a piece of artwork in and of themselves, but are also capable of producing their own art. Though robots are an incredibly cool invention, and one that we’ve been striving for for years, there seems to be a threshold that is beginning to be crossed.
When we talk about realistic robots, we have to mention Ai-Da– named after the computing pioneer Ada Lovelace. Ai-Da is a highly developed humanoid robot with cutting-edge AI. It has an incredibly advanced robotic arm system, facial recognition software, a language model for speech, and the ability to make art using a variety of original methods.
In addition to being a poet, having performed at the Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, she has displayed her work at the world’s most important museums and galleries such as: the United Nations, London’s Design Museum, the Tate, and the V&A.
For the 2022 Venice Biennale, Ai-Da’s Titled Leaping into the Metaverse explored the gap between AI technology and human experience through an interface drawing on Dante’s concepts of inferno and purgatory to explore the future of human life.
Ai-Da sparks discussions on the nature of creativity in our modern day, the human/AI interface, and the anxiety it causes as both an artist and a piece of art. One of the shocking main aspects of Ai-Da is that she is expressive. People are not used to robots being expressive, especially when that seems to be a sentient quality not commonly attributed to machines.
Not only is she capable of expressing emotions, but she is also sophisticated with language and words seeing as she has been trained for two and a half years on several data sets. Ai-Da exists as a comment and critique on rapid technological development in light of the quickly advancing artificial intelligence, increasing accessibility to supercomputers, and machine learning on the rise.
It seems that very soon, with the amount of data we willingly and freely give to technology through our devices, talking to our phones, Siri, and many others, AI algorithms will know us better than we know ourselves. And the day that happens may be way sooner than we expected.
We have officially arrived to the age of art robots, and potential sentience, and while that is concerning, it may only be the natural progression of the development of the human race.
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