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Panel discussion: Could robots ever become artists?

As the technologies driving artificial intelligence advance at a rapid pace, more and more artists are utilising it as a creative tool. But will AI ever become the artist?

To celebrate our new exhibition The Art of Innovation, a panel of artists, scientists and thinkers come together to examine this question and more. How do we define creativity? How we do we measure art’s merit? And in the artistic realm, what exactly is artificial intelligence capable of? 

Delving into this fascinating scientific and philosophical debate are: 

  • Philip Ball – chemist, physicist, journalist and author of numerous books including the Royal Society prize-winning Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another.
  • Martha Fiennes – artist, film-maker, creator of the AI artwork Yugen and director of the acclaimed Chromophobia and Onegin.
  • Jem Finer – artist who studied computer science in the 1970s and has worked in photography, film, experimental and popular music, and installation. His work includes Longplayer, a 1,000-year-long musical composition, and he is a founder member of the Pogues.
  • Jonathan Jones – art critic for the Guardian, author and a former judge for the Turner Prize.
  • Beth Singler – junior research fellow in artificial intelligence at Homerton College, Cambridge University, and associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. 
  • Murray Shanahan – Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College and Senior Research Scientist at DeepMind.

Please note the 90-minute discussion will be followed by a 30-minute screening of Martha Fiennes’s AI artwork Yugen, which stars Salma Hayek Pinault and premiered at Venice Biennale in 2018.