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An Artificial Intelligence Utopia

Image a world where you get to spend your time doing anything you want.

A still from Jenna Sutela’s nimiia cétiï (2018) from The Art Newspaper.

We had an interesting conversation this week about artificial intelligence (AI) in libraries. While many professions are hesitant to adopt AI because it could eliminate jobs, some professions are in a unique position to leverage artificial intelligence so that people can spend their time doing something else. In libraries, we find the latter to be particularly true (more on that in a future post).

If we all stopped working, how would we spend our time? Gardening? Reading? Making art? Think even deeper for a moment about what would happen if all of these tasks are done by machines too. An exhibit at Basel's HeK tapped into this very question. AI-related art has emerged as a medium to experiment with machine created art, but also explore what it means to have AI embedded in human life.

"...we chose the title Entangled Realities—it shows that AI is not something that will happen in the future, but that our present realities are interwoven with its effects."

The exhibit is open at HeK, Basel, until August 11, 2019. Read more about it here.