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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In this week’s Creative AI podcast Jon and Nina chat with computer artist Andy Lomas on the topic of artistic collaboration with AI. Andy talks about his work and the collaboration with SensiLab’s Creative AI team on his “Species Explorer” Software and look at some of the roles AI can play to help artists exploit complex generative systems.

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In this week’s Creative AI podcast we discuss emotional artificial intelligence. Affective computing, artificial emotional intelligence, emotional AI is a rapidly growing field. Can machines understand our emotions? Would you relate better to a AI if it displayed more emotion? Can you really tell a person’s emotion by looking at their facial expressions, tone of voice or body language? Our team looks at the more optimistic and sinister uses of AI technology in understanding human emotion.

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In this week’s Creative AI podcast we discuss the rise of AI generated music and its impact on music composition and production commercially. While algorithmic approaches to music generation have been studied in academia for many decades, over the last few years a growing number of commercial startups have formed around offering “AI” assistance to composition and production. Our team unpacks some of the major issues around automated music generation and comments on the state-of-the-art.

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The Creative AI group at SensiLab meets every week to talk about our research topics. These meetings often turn into discussions on various aspects of Creative AI. News, events, history and opinions are raised and debated. Starting this week we have begun recording highlights of this discussion in the hope that it sparks some input from the wider community.

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Can computers recognise (musical) beauty? Can we? Does beauty even exist? And if it does, can we project such notion onto computational systems so that they can categorise artifacts accordingly, or so that they can create artifacts that abide by it? How?

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Justine Emard is a French artist based in Paris. She works across a variety of mediums including photography, video, installation and augmented reality. For several years she has been collaborating with Japanese research Professor Takashi Ikegami’s lab at the University of Tokyo. In her work Co(AI)xistence a human dancer (Mirai Moriyama) and a human-like robot interact in a variety of ways, suggesting both courtship and confrontation.

I spoke with her to find out more about her unique practice and the ideas that motivate her work.

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