Ai-Da gave a brief speech and she took questions from politicians. All questions had been pre-approved, to allow high quality answers from the robot, and were nothing out of the extraordinary, as you can see in the video below: Ai-Da argued that her creations were still art, even though not inspired by subjective experience, and talked vaguely about how technology could be a means for good or evil, depending on its application.
With her was Aidan Meller, an Oxford art dealer and entrepreneur who designed her and is the director of the project. And it was Meller who had to step in when Ai-Da fell asleep as she was waiting for a question from Baroness Featherstone. It’s ok if you feel like making a joke about how politics is boring.
The video below also shows the exact moment when Ai-Da zoned out and remained unresponsive, with British media outlets describing her state as “zombie-like.” Apocalyptic comparisons aside, Ai-Da needed a restart, so Meller gave her just that – but not before placing a pair of sunglasses on her face because she can “pull quite interesting faces” after a reset.
This funny glitch aside, Ai-Da remains a great platform to study the way in which technology can be used to create art. As noted above, she can draw and paint, using the cameras in her eyes to take in a subject and her robotic arm to recreate it on canvas. She can also write and recite poetry, and even sing – and, of course, she can speak in very clear and sensible sentences. When she’s not dozing off, that is.
"Although not alive, I can still create art"— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 11, 2022
Robot artist Ai-Da gives evidence to Lords Communications and Digital Committee, before needing to be resethttps://t.co/cxpYKf3BzL pic.twitter.com/dfvm4N5yYS