A multi-talented artist, Ada has presented her designs at the Venice Biennale and addressed the House of Lords on the future of the creative industries.
She is also a robot. A human being who can speak, answer complex questions, draw and create art is currently on display at the London Design Biennale.
She’s too realistic to call it that, powered by cutting-edge technology artificial intelligence technology, She uses a 3D printer to design everyday objects such as cutlery and pots.
Ada’s writing is beautiful, but also flawed. The spoons had holes in them and the cups had no rim making them completely unusable.
That’s the conversation Ai-Da’s creators want to start—with the incredible pace of AI development, can we really trust this technology to work the way we expect it to?
Aidan Meller, who designed the Ai-Da robot in Oxford, thinks we probably won’t.
“The bottom line is we just don’t know where it’s going to land. We can see short-term gains, but it’s not really going to stay there. AI is developing so fast,” he told Sky News.
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“The domino effect of the changes we make with technology today, where we don’t know how this will actually affect society and the environment, is a big concern.
“The fact that we just went in there so confidently without actually testing it, not piloting it before releasing it to the public, is a very big ethical issue.
“I think we just need to check what we’re doing. We’re getting it out very quickly and millions of people are taking it,” he added.
“What we’re trying to do with this program is face people — that’s where we’re at. Just because we can do it doesn’t mean we should.”
The Ai-Da robot is a home-grown innovation success, built in Cornwall with her AI capabilities drawn from PhD students and professors at the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham.
How does she feel about creator concerns? I asked her if humans should be afraid of artificial intelligence.
“I, robot artist Ai-da, I’m not a risk. But some of the technology I represent has the potential to be a risk,” the robot told Sky News.
“I think there are valid concerns about the future development and use of artificial intelligence. We need to be cautious about using artificial intelligence because, despite its benefits, it also has the potential to cause great harm.”