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    18 — 04 — 2019
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AI Oh Aye: Glasgow’s Futuristic Exhibit

If you read our exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) in music, you'll know that AI will be at the centre of technology for the foreseeable future. Highlighting the potential future of this relationship is the concept exhibition AI Oh Aye. Created by product designer Andrew Tibbles and hosted at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for Design and Architecture, AI Oh Aye is a retrospective exhibition set in the year 2100, looking back at the 50 years of relationship with AI and how the software integrated into our society. 

Tibbles uses the exhibition to posit that "our trust in technology is increasing, but will we ever trust technology with the most important parts of our lives?” 

AI Oh Aye explores this through the evolution of Janis, a hypothetical but convincingly real concept AI. Janis began as open source software, collectively programmed by a dedicated online community. It was designed to be a digital secretary - tasked with menial office work in order to save time and effort. As Janis grew and diversified, the software became more ingrained within society, collating millions of daily interactions to construct a deep understanding of the population. 

Using its growing expertise in humanity, the AI became involved in political debates, posing the question 'can a machine govern the people?'. As Janis became more of an all-encompassing political machine, other human-led political parties dissipated and the question was answered - yes. 

So, are you ready for the age of AI? In our reality, AI is only beginning to emerge, but there is no doubt it’s here to stay. AIs in streaming services and social media are perhaps understandable - suggesting new contacts and content, or albums and artists based upon previous activity. In the USA, law enforcement have been testing criminal risk assessment algorithms (CRAAs), a system capable of analysing a defendant, estimating the likelihood that they will re-offend, whether they should be held in jail - and even how long they should be sentenced for. However, these CRAAs system have proved to be less than reliable in real life settings; for the time being sentencing remains in human hands. 

As our relationship with AI deepens, are you ready to embrace or revolt against this new digital world? Will we feel comfort being nannied by a machine or does the whole concept seem sinister? Either way AI Oh Aye shines a spotlight on our future with technology and how (or if) we will coexist together. So, if you are ready for the age of AI, the exhibition is open to visitors at Glasgow’s Lighthouse until April 28.