Ever been in an art gallery and wondered if something was really art? Well, wonder no more: a handy new app allows you to harness the power of AI to decide on the question: “is that art…or not?”

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Art or Not is an AI powered art critic that uses its understanding of over 100,000 artworks to figure out whether things around you are ‘art’ or not ‘art’. The app uses machine learning to decompose the image you capture into important features. These features are then sent to the ‘brain’ of the app which determines if what you captured fits its definition of art.

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Our topic this week is Surveillance AI. One of the biggest — if not the biggest — applications of AI technologies is surveillance. From face recognition and analysis to recommender systems, new AI and Machine Learning techniques are being employed to handle the data explosion. How long before automated surveillance becomes automated response?

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Its 2019: how good is AI? Good in the sense of being good at the kind of intelligence it is programmed for, and good in the sense of being good for humanity. We don’t shy away from the big questions, so tune in to the Creative AI podcast to find out how good AI really is!

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How is AI portrayed in cinema? This week, Jon, Nina and Dilpreet go to the movies, discussing the role of AI in some of Western cinema’s most interesting takes on Artificial Intelligence.

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This week we take a look at the new round of “Deep Fakes” making their way across the internet. Deep Fakes are realistic looking and sounding videos – often of well known people – synthesised using deep learning techniques. Join Jon, Nina and Dilpreet as they discuss the implications of a world where you can’t be certain what is real and what is fake anymore.

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Our podcast this week looks at a new exhibition on AI art that opened at the Barbican centre in London. AI: More than Human is an ambitious exhibition that explores the relationship between humans and AI technology. The show has received mixed reviews, particularly from art critics. Join Creative AI researchers Jon, Nina and Dilpreet as they unpack why AI Art exhibitions are problematic and might not be as favourable to art critics as traditional exhibitions of human art.

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Can we ever really know what it would be like to be an artificial artist? SensiLab Director Jon McCormack discusses the implications and provocations of a world where AI Artists become major players in human culture.

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In this week’s Creative AI podcast Jon and Nina talk with former neuroscientist and now design PhD researcher, Hannah Korsmeyer to discuss issues of bias in AI. Using Hannah’s research intervention “Gendertron” they examine how playful AI devices can be used to start conversations around issues and assumptions about gender and other biases in AI and technology.

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Jon McCormack attended this year’s EvoStar conference in Leipzig, Germany. In this post he reports on the conference highlights and research he presented.

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