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Her work, combined with that of Toyko-based co-founder Maholo Uchida, has informed the development of the exhibition’s narrative.
“It’ll ask the questions such as what is human, what is artificial, what is consciousness?” she said.
“Questions that can’t be definitively answered.”
But the first question that many attendees might have is: What exactly is AI?
According to Suzanne, it’s easiest to understand this type of technology by seeing its real-life applications.
“We’ll look at the manifestations of AI in the show,” she said. “Some people will be aware of, some they won’t.
“People might be surprised by things that they don’t realise are AI in their everyday lives.
“Then they can make choices, to be extra conscious of their role in the bigger picture. We hope it will inform people and bring to the surface the roles of AI in society, in ways that are both good and bad.”
AI is often discussed in absolutes. The question that arises time and again is whether this form of technology has the greatest overall potential for good, or for bad – and both will be explored in the exhibition. What was Suzanne’s take?
“It’s not one thing or the other,” she said. “It never was and it never will be. It’s going to be a combination of good and bad. Often, the bad effects of AI are to do with human decisions.
“Technology is neutral but there are terrifying areas of AI where we’re programming it in ways that are very troubling, like killer robots and autonomous weapons.
“But then I think about the potential for social good – healthcare, conservation, improving food supplies.
“There are so many aspects of AI that are really going to help us solve some of the world’s biggest problems.”
Visitors to the exhibition can expect to be educated, as well as warned, about our collective role in ensuring AI is developed in a way that is responsible.
“We live in a world that’s becoming ever more complicated and difficult to read,” said Susan.
“We’re going to have to take responsibility to really understand our place in it.
“We influence the course of things in ways that we don’t always understand. The organisations we support, campaigns we might back – these are all decisions that affect the way AI develops.”
Detail of Neri Oxman’s Vespers
LAUREN MCCARTHY A wide range of artwork will be on display for AI: More Than Human including Devices by Lauren McCarthy
Lawrence Lek’s 2065 will be on show
Mimic by Universal Everything will also be on display