AI: More than Human curator, Dr Suzanne Livingston shares her insight into the ideas behind the Barbican exhibition and what visitors can experience and learn about AI.
"In the exhibition there's plenty of examples where AI is used for good. We have two pieces from MIT, one by Dina Katabi which is an incredible piece of technology combining AI with WiFi. It's designed to monitor people through a wall in a care environment, or perhaps the elderly living at home, and that piece of technology can monitor their vital signs, monitor their walking patterns, even detect the pattern of disease. It's an incredible use of AI for good, for care.
Another MIT example is the work of Regina Barzilay, she’s working on AI and oncology. Her technology is designed to detect tumours decades ahead of the time when they might be detected today.
Other examples, and there are many, an amazing example from Amnesty International using AI alongside satellite imagery to detect destruction to villages in Darfur. It’s an open source project that many people can get involved with to help understand and track the destruction to Darfur.
With Jigsaw from Google, AI is being used to prevent online abuse in forums and chatrooms. Whilst we might fear technology itself as it comes into our life, that project actually shows how incredibly negative and destructive human beings can be! And it's just a good reminder. It’s a project designed to make those forum environments safer and take abuse out of the equation.
Another amazing example of AI, in terms of the fabric of our lives, is a piece from Sony Farm, which is an AI driven farm to enable to production of food to improve agriculture in environments where it might be difficult to produce food."
Dr Suzanne Livingston has spent her career researching and questioning the entwined relationship between humans, culture and technology and the philosophical consequences emerging from that. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, Suzanne has worked across sectors in technology, arts, museums, education and business markets. Suzanne received her PhD in Philosophy from Warwick University and is a founding member of the influential Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU). She continues to write collaboratively on technology, belief systems, innovation and evolution.
AI: More Than Human is a major exhibition exploring creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. The exhibition takes place at the Barbican Centre, London from 16 May—26 Aug 2019.
Part of Life Rewired, our 2019 season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.