Robot that can write poetry and create artworks
People often associate artificial intelligence with the sinister robots that populate the worlds of films such as “Terminator,” “i Robot,” “Westworld,” and “Blade Runner.” For many years, science fiction has warned us that artificial intelligence is frequently used for evil rather than for good, and that this is likely to continue.
Art and poetry, on the other hand, are not typically associated with artificial intelligence, but Ai-Da, a highly realistic robot created by Aidan Meller in Oxford, England, spends her time creating them. Ai-Da is the world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist, and on Friday, she performed poetry written using her algorithms in honor of the great Italian poet Dante in honor of the great Italian poet Dante.
In celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the recital took place at the world-renowned Ashmolean Museum of the University of Oxford as part of an exhibition commemorating the occasion. “Divine Comedy” by Dante inspired Ai-work, Da’s which she consumed in its entirety, allowing her to use her algorithms to draw inspiration from Dante’s speech patterns and create new work using words drawn from her own data bank.
Ai-Da’s poem was described was “deeply emotive” by Meller and includes the following verse:
“We looked up from our verses like blindfolded captives,
Sent out to seek the light; but it never came
A needle and thread would be necessary
For the completion of the picture.
To view the poor creatures, who were in misery,
That of a hawk, eyes sewn shut.”
When Ai-Da read her poem on Friday evening, Meller said it was “easy to forget you’re not dealing with a human being.” Meller also said Ai-ability Da’s to mimic human writing is “so good that if you read it, you wouldn’t know it wasn’t written by a human.”
As Meller explained to CNN, the Ai-Da project was created to address “the ethical debate surrounding the continued development of artificial intelligence capable of imitating humans and human behavior.” In the last few years, it has become clear to us all that technology is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives, and we’re eager to discover just how much this technology is capable of and what it can teach us about ourselves.”
While working on Ai-Da, Meller stated that one important lesson he and his team have gained is that the project has not taught them how “human she is — but how robotic we are as humans.”
In the process of developing the ability to mimic human behavior, Ai-Da has demonstrated to Meller how habitual human beings are, and how we tend to repeat actions, words, and patterns of behavior – implying that we are, in fact, robotic in nature.
As Meller explained to CNN, “through Ai-Da and the use of artificial intelligence, we can learn more about ourselves than we have ever been able to before — Ai-Da gives us a new perspective on our own patterns and habits as we watch her imitate them in real time.”
Not only is Ai-Da capable of reading and writing poetry, but she is also capable of creating artworks, such as the piece she created for the Dante exhibition titled “Eyes Wide Shut,” which was inspired by an incident that occurred in Egypt in October, during which Egyptian security forces detained Ai-Da and requested that the cameras in her eyes be removed due to concerns about security and surveillance.
In Meller’s words, “the incident demonstrated how concerned the world is about technology and its advancements.”
Mr. Meller is also aware of the growing concerns about the increasingly advanced development of artificial intelligence and the potential for using algorithms to manipulate populations, but he maintains that “technology in and of itself is benign; it is those who control it whose intentions may be morally and ethically questionable.”
As for concerns about the future of artificial intelligence, Meller asserts that “the greatest fear we should have is of ourselves and our ability to use technology to oppress, not of the artificial intelligence itself.”
In Meller’s opinion, Ai-Da has the potential to be a trailblazer in the field of artificial intelligence, and that her work – whether poetry, artwork, or something else – will push the boundaries of what is possible in technology and allow us to learn more about ourselves than we have ever known before, all through the eyes of a robot.