In London, the Barbican opens a new exhibition called AI: More than Human, where visitors are invited to explore our relationship with artificial intelligence.
This new exhibition presents the results of an unprecedented survey of creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence, exploring the evolution of the relationship between humans and technology.
What does it mean to be human? What is consciousness? Will machines ever outsmart a human? And how can humans and machines work collaboratively?
At AI: More than Human visitors interact directly with immersive art installations and experience AI’s capabilities first-hand. As we use AI to understand our own existence, the boundary between ourselves and technology becomes harder to see. Technology is showing traits and qualities which seem like human beings. As people become ever more involved, the question arises – “where do we end and where does it begin?”
Four sections, different interpretations
In the Section 1, The Dream of AI, the exhibition charts early ideals that shaped the future of AI, and freatures artist and electronic musician Kode9 sound installation on the mythical golem creature that’s popped up in art and film from Frankenstein to Blade Runner.
The Section 2, Mind Machines, explains how AI has developed through history – from the first development of coding to the first neural network in the 1940s, charting AI history figures and moments like Lovelace and Alan Turing, the AI that beat a pro chess player and one that beat a human on Jeopardy.
The third section, Data Worlds, examines the capability of AI to change society, as well as the important ethical issues of AI like bias, truth, control, and privacy. It features an interactive work by Nexus Studios and artist Memo Akten, where visitors can manipulate everyday objects to illustrate how a neural network can be fooled. The final section, Endless Evolution, looks to the future of the human race, and where artificial life fits in – it features work by Massive Attack to mark the 20th anniversary of their monumental album Mezzanine.
The exhibition also utilises cutting-edge research projects from DeepMind to Google Arts and Culture, Sony Computer Science Laboratories and MIT. Artists including Memo Akten, Joy Buolamwini, Es Devlin, feature and produce work across the show.
AI: More than Human will run from May 16 – August 26 2019 at the Barbican.