Your ticket to WIRED Pulse: AI at the Barbican includes access to the Barbican's major Summer exhibition AI: More Than Human. This interactive exhibition invites you into the ever-changing world of artificial intelligence. Exploring the boundaries between human and machine, it looks at how AI has shaped our present and how it could revolutionise our future. Ground-breaking research will demonstrate how this technology works and challenge you to think differently. Featuring works from a variety of artists and scientists, including Massive Attack, Es Devlin, teamLab, Lawrence Lek, Joy Buolamwini, Mario Klingemann, Kode9 and Neri Oxman; all of whom use AI as a medium for creation or a source of inspiration.
"AI art", or more precisely art created with neural networks, has recently started to receive broad media coverage in newspapers (New York Times), magazines (The Atlantic), and countless blogs. Combined with the ongoing general "AI hype" and multiple recent museum and gallery exhibitions, this coverage has produced the impression of a new star rising in the art world: that of machine-generated art. It has also led to the popularization of an ever-growing list of philosophical questions surrounding the use of computers for the creation of art. This brief article provides a pragmatic evaluation of the new genre of AI art from the perspective of art history. It attempts to show that most of the philosophical questions commonly cited as unique issues of AI art have been addressed before with respect to previous iterations of generative art starting in the late 1950s. In other words: while AI art has certainly produced novel and interesting works, from an art historical perspective it is not the revolution as which it is portrayed.
Mario Klingemann, a German artist who uses AI in his work, has radical views on creativity. "Humans are not original," he says. "We only reinvent, make connections between things we have seen." While humans can only build on what we have learned and what others have done before us, "machines can create from scratch". Setting aside whether or not human creativity is limited and indeed what precisely creativity is, it's certainly true that artificial neural networks being developed today work out the rules as they go along, rather than being taught.
The Barbican's latest exhibition explores the rise of artificial intelligence and the increasingly complex relationship between humans and technology. Visitors to'AI: More than Human' are able to delve into cutting-edge research projects by MIT, DeepMind, IBM and Google, among others, and get a glimpse of not only what is in store for AI, but its roots and its evolution. As Assistant Curator Anna Holsgrove tells Econsultancy: "One of the key messages is that although technology is developing, the desire to create intelligence and give it a physical form is an idea that dates back centuries and crosses cultures." The exhibition delves into everything from ethics to the future of our species, touching on several important themes. But what are the key learnings for marketers?
Japan's TeamLab has created some of the most trippy, interactive and Instagram-able digital art installations ever. It's only fitting, then, that the group is getting its own digital museum in Tokyo, thanks to developer Mori and Epson. The Mori Building Digital Art Museum has 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, with around 50 installations that generate imagery thanks to 520 computers, 470 projectors and numerous motion sensors. You can imagine the electricity it takes to power the exhibition, so admission is pretty steep compared to regular museums at 3,200 yen ($30). Every floor and wall is covered by light, and the images react to the presence of the attendees.