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Egyptian authorities 'detain' robotic artist for 10 days over espionage fears

Engadget

The robotic artist known as Ai-Da was scheduled to display her artwork alongside the great pyramids of Egypt on Thursday, though the show was nearly called off after both the robot and her human sculptor, Aidan Meller, were detained by Egyptian authorities for a week and a half until they could confirm that the artist was actually a spy. The incident began when border guards objected over Ai-da's camera eyes, which it uses in its creative process, and its on-board modem. "I can ditch the modems, but I can't really gouge her eyes out," Meller told The Guardian. The robot artist, which was built in 2019, typically travels via specialized cargo case and was held at the border until clearing customs on Wednesday evening, hours before the exhibit was scheduled to begin. "The British ambassador has been working through the night to get Ai-Da released, but we're right up to the wire now," Meller said, just before Ai-Da was sprung from robo-jail.


Robot Artist Freed By Egyptian Customs After Spy Detention

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A British-built robot that uses artificial intelligence and a mechanical arm to create art has been released by customs officials in Egypt ahead of an exhibition this week. Ai-Da, named after the mathematician Ada Lovelace, was seized by officials earlier this month over concerns "her" machinery could contain espionage tools. The device was held for 10 days as the British embassy worked with Cairo on the matter. "The Embassy is glad to see that Ai-Da the artist robot has now been cleared through customs," the UK's embassy in Cairo said in a statement. "Customs clearance procedures can be lengthy, and are required before importation of any artworks or IT equipment."


Meet Ai-Da, the world's first robot artist

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"The biggest change in human history will take place in the next decade," warns Aidan Meller, a Briton who ran an art gallery for 20 years until he became a pioneer by launching the world's first creative robot, Ai-Da. Introduced in 2019 as "the first humanoid artist," Ai-Da not only creates poems, paintings and sculptures, but also draws inspiration from the highest cultural references. Her name is not random either; it is a tribute to Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician considered the first computer programmer, also known for being the only legitimate daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Ai-Da's next action will be at the Giardini of the Venice Biennale on April 23. It will be the first time in the 120-year history of the Biennale that a robot artist will exhibit their work alongside that created by humans.


Meet Ai-Da, the world's first humanoid robot

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A humanoid AI robot is set to open its own exhibition of artwork in Oxford, drawn independently using a robotic arm and an inbuilt camera. The robot, called Ai-Da after the mathematician Ada Lovelace, is said to be the first ultra-realistic robot capable of drawing people from life using her eye and a pencil in her hand, according to its creators. Ai-Da's solo exhibition Unsecured Futures, which opens at Oxford University from June 12, will showcase a selection of the robot's work, developed using AI processes and algorithms at the university. Ai-Da's solo exhibition Unsecured Futures, which opens at Oxford University from June 12, will showcase a selection of the robot's work, developed using AI processes and algorithms at the university The artwork will include drawing, painting, sculpture and video art, exploring the boundaries between AI, technology and organic life. The artwork will include drawing, painting, sculpture and video art, exploring the boundaries between AI, technology and organic life.


Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition in Oxford

The Japan Times

OXFORD, ENGLAND - Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away -- Ai-Da is a robot. Described as "the world's first ultra-realistic AI humanoid robot artist," Ai-Da opens her first solo exhibition of eight drawings, 20 paintings, four sculptures and two video works next week, bringing "a new voice" to the art world, her British inventor and gallery owner Aidan Meller said. "The technological voice is the important one to focus on because it affects everybody," he said at a preview. "We've got a very clear message we want to explore: the uses and abuses of AI today, because this next decade is coming in dramatically and we're concerned about that and we want to have ethical considerations in all of that."