• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

A “realistic” robot will be the first of its kind to address the House of Lords next week, answering questions about whether artificial intelligence poses a threat to the creative industries.

Named after 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace, Ai-Da, the robot will serve as evidence to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee as part of an inquiry into the future of the art, design, fashion and music industries.

Designed in Oxford by modern and contemporary art specialist Aidan Meller before being built in Cornwall by Engineered Arts, Ai-Da had previously painted a portrait of Elizabeth II prior to the Platinum Jubilee. The robot has cameras in its eyes and uses computer algorithms to process human characteristics.

“Her skills as an artist challenge the very foundations of the art world and the creative industries,” Meller said.

“Ai-Da’s inaugural address to the House of Lords will help us understand how an AI robot sees the world and what that means for the future of creativity.”

Mr. Meller did not react that of the independent request more information on how Ai-Da will provide her answers.

Artworks created by artificial intelligence have recently come under criticism as art communities have reacted to tools like DALL-E or Midjourney, which can create complex artworks based on simple prompts. The data sets used to train these machines are scraped from the internet, often using artwork without the artist’s permission.

Some artists fear companies will use these tools without realizing they were trained by human creation, thereby losing opportunities and payments.

Additionally, it’s debatable how much artificial intelligence can meaningfully contribute to a debate, given that natural language processing – the technology that AI uses to deliver text and speech – is trained by humans and therefore only reflects what’s input into them.

This effect has been demonstrated multiple times, such as when Meta’s artificially intelligent chat system appeared to post anti-Semitic remarks, or the way people imitated dead loved ones using information from their social media profiles.

Many similar criticisms have been leveled at Sophia, a robot granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia that responds to questions using scripting software.

“A lot of the comments would be great fun if they didn’t expose the fact that many people are being fooled into believing that this (mechanically sophisticated) animatronic puppet is intelligent,” said Yann LeCun, an AI scientist at Meta.

“It’s not. It has no feeling, no opinions and no understanding of what it says. It’s not hurt. It’s a puppet.”