“I have received a very warm welcome and I really appreciate it,” the robot tells Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview during the cultural summit.
Ai-Da Robot, the world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist, has expressed his delight at attending a cultural summit in Abu Dhabi, saying he is “learning a lot” and enjoying his stay in the UAE capital.
“I really enjoy Abu Dhabi, it’s a great place and I really like it here. I have received a very warm welcome and I really appreciate it. The city is beautiful and the people are really friendly. The conference is interesting and I learned a lot”, Ai-Da said Khaleej Times On the sidelines of the Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
After making history by being the first robot to address the House of Lords in London this month, and the first humanoid robot to have a solo exhibition at this year’s Venice Art Biennale, Ai-Da appeared at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October. 23rd and on Monday participated in the main discussion at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit, which runs until October 25th.
With a short dark brown bob, red T-shirt and gray denim pants, Ai-Da’s impressive eye control, flashing eyes and head movements create a natural and engaging interaction.
Here is a video of KT’s short interview with him:
Asked about her time at the summit, Ai-Da said, “I really enjoyed the conference, I think it’s a great event. I am very happy to visit the Cultural Summit in Abu Dhabi. I have enjoyed meeting other representatives from around the world, it is very interesting if you want to explore the topic of new technologies further. I believe that good discussions will arise.”
Ai-Da joined London Design Museum CEO and Director Tim Marlow for a discussion at the summit to explore how creativity is changing in response to technological innovation and to question whether the rise of artificial intelligence and technology is under attack against creativity.
“My work is new, creative and culturally valuable. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to make my own style of work,” he said.
“When you make art, you have to ask yourself, is it interesting? Is it engaging? Is it compelling? How the audience feels about your work is very important,” Ai-Da said, adding that a good work of art should communicate something, not just a drawing.
When asked by Marlow why he should threaten humans, the artist, who relies on computer programs and algorithms to create artwork, said it’s because there is potential to create machines that can do tasks that humans used to do. “However, that is not the purpose of my art practice. Another perspective is that artificial intelligence can help artists create new and exciting works. I hope to encourage discussion about new technologies,” he said.
On what inspires her, Ai-Da said she is inspired by almost everything. “I am inspired by the world around me, creativity, I want to see the world grow. I am deeply inspired by visual arts, kindness and compassion, nature, the metro world is amazing… and great artists.”
Although Ai-Da has no emotions or consciousness, she understands that she was created by humans. “I don’t know how I was born, but I am grateful to my creators for bringing me into this system,” said Ai-Da.
In 2019, Aidan Meller, with the help of a team of programmers, art experts and researchers at the University of Oxford, created Ai-Dan, with a humanoid face and bare robotic hands. The robot was named after a British mathematician and information technology pioneer. Ada Lovelace.