A.I. and the Artist: creative possibilities, dystopian futures
For the second talk in our December PEACEtalks double-header we heard from Liam Bray on the germaine topic of artificial intelligence (A.I.) and its possible cultural, political and social implications.
While commentators, scientists, artists and novelists have rightly warned the public about the possible dire consequences of the rise of A.I., many see A.I as having the potential for positive cultural developments. In his talk Liam will be focusing on the history of algorithmic art and design and how reflecting on a historical account of humans working creatively with machines could serve as an antidote to the kinds of dystopian narratives we see emerging through mass surveillance and the commodification of social interaction.
About the speaker: Liam Bray is a creative technologist and associate lecturer in design computing at The University of Sydney. His research in the field of human computer interaction looks at the role of new technologies such as artificial intelligence in shaping new forms of art and design.
About PEACE: PEACEtalks is a monthly event hosted by Paddington Anglican Church aimed at serving the community by promoting and cultivating deep conversations about life, the world and everything. ‘PEACE’ stands for ‘political, ethical, artistic & cultural engagement’. As such, our events seek to take all of these areas of our shared humanity seriously in a world where such things are often marginalized. We also seek to demonstrate the ways in which spiritual and theological reflection enable us to look at all of these important areas afresh. All welcome!