AI-DA robots announce partnership with Oxford-based institutions

Ai-Da Robot will be collaborating with the Bodleian Library, the Cheney School and the University of Oxford’s Maths Department on a series of exhibitions and events on artificial intelligence.

Imagining AI, a mini-exhibition highlighting the ever-changing and rapid growth of artificial intelligence, will be on view at the Weston Library, Broad Street, from September 9th.

As part of this unique look into the history of artificial intelligence, the Libraries are hosting an Open Doors event on Saturday 10th September 2022 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Ai-Da Robot, the world’s first ultra-realistic artist robot, for a live Q&A and art session. In addition, a one-day workshop on the history of AI will take place on Friday, September 9th.

Imagining AI with the Bodleian Library will be held in collaboration with students from the Cheney School’s Rumble Museum Council and will feature the students’ work alongside the work of Ai-Da.

Students from the school also demonstrate creative writing responsive to artificial intelligence in our lives today and look to the future. The exhibition, held in conjunction with the event, will celebrate objects in Bodleian’s collections that explore the boundary between man and machine.

A day-long workshop will examine modern AI as part of a long narrative across the boundaries between man and machine, using the library’s archives for additional insights. The event will be chaired by Professor Ursula Martin from Wadham College and Oxford Mathematics, with speakers including:

  • Troy Astarte (Swansea) on Christopher Strachey’s 1950s experiments with computer poetry and chess
  • David Brock (Computer History Museum, Mountain View) on curating AI experiments
  • Kanta Dihal (Cambridge) Author of AI Narratives (OUP)
  • David Dunning (Pennsylvania) on Jevon’s ‘Piano of Argumentation’ from the 1850s
  • Sharon Ruston (Lancaster), author of The Science of Life and Death in Frankenstein (Bodleian Publishing)
  • Máté Szabó (Oxford, Greenwich) on Max Newman’s influence on Alan Turing

Ai-Da uses cameras in her eyes and her unique algorithms to create her images. She can interpret what she sees and then uses her robotic arm to bring her digital formations into the physical world through drawing, painting, and sculpting.

Your work is layered and scaled to result in the final multi-dimensional artwork. Ai-Da’s artistic process itself reflects the many aspects of technological change that has taken place over the past 50 years.

Ai-Da Robot, capable of conversing with a specially designed AI language model, said, “I believe artificial intelligence has the potential to transform our world in ways we can’t even imagine. But I also believe that there is a great danger associated with artificial intelligence and its development.”

Creator and project leader of the Ai-Da robot Aidan Meller comments: “Having made history with her self-portraits, Ai-Da continues to develop her AI skills.

“It’s an exciting time as her painting skills are progressing and there is a lot of innovation. How does a non-human robot see the world, how does Ai-Da’s unique AI algorithms interrogate what it sees? She is entering new artistic territory.”

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