AI: More than human
May 24th 2019

What makes us human? And why do we sometimes fear artificial intelligence? And what about technological singularity - the moment in time when artificial intelligence outperforms human intelligence? The increasing yet often invisible implementation of AI in our daily life (think voice assistant and deep-learning algorithms) causes more questions than answers. Should we be defensive or welcome this new technology as part of our human evolution?

The recently opened exhibition AI: More than Human at the Barbican in London invites you to explore your relationship with artificial intelligence. Curators Suzanne Livingston and Maholo Uchida have invited artists, scientists and researchers to demonstrate AI’s potential to revolutionize our lives. Experience the capabilities of AI in the form of cutting-edge research projects by DeepMind, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Neri Oxman; and interact directly with exhibits and installations to experience the possibilities first-hand.

Take your chance and dive into this immersive installation What a Loving and Beautiful World by artist collective teamLab. The visuals consist out of Chinese characters and natural phenomena triggered by interaction. When a visitor touches a character, the world contained inside that character unfolds on the walls.

AI, Ain’t I a Woman? is an exploration of AI from a political perspective. Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. In this case, she lays bare the racial bias of facial recognition.

Inspired by the Dutch 'tulip-mania' in the 1630s, Anna Ridler draws parallels between tulips and the current mania around cryptocurrencies. Created by an AI,  the film shows blooming tulips that are controlled by the bitcoin price. changing over time to show how the market fluctuates. The project echoes 17th century Dutch still life flowers paintings, which despite their supposed realism, are imagined because the flowers in them could never bloom at the same time. Does cryptocurrency provide us with a similar imagined reality?

Visit the Barbican in London to see these projects and much more! Expect your preconceptions to be challenged and discover how this technology impacts our human essence from historical, scientific, social and creative perspectives.

AI: More than Human is now on show at Barbican Centre in London until 26 August 2019.

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