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con­se­quences emerg­ing from these re­la­tion­ships.

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.”


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