The highlight was when he gingerly went over to place sunglasses over Ai-Da’s eyes, making her look like a sort of young Anna Wintour after a particularly heavy Fashion Week afterparty.
“I feel like that sometimes,” Featherstone said, prompting empathetic murmurs from the chamber.
Asked why the glasses were necessary, Meller replied: “When we reset her she sometimes can pull quite interesting faces.”
She wouldn’t be the first person to do so in the House of Lords, we’re sure.
Once back online, Ai-Da told Featherstone that the role of technology in creating art will “continue to grow… as artists find new ways to use technology to express themselves and reflect and explore the relationship between technology, society and culture”.
She added: “Technology has already had a huge impact on the way we create and consume art, for example, the camera and the advent of photography and film.
“It is likely that this trend will continue with new technologies. There is no clear answer as to the impact on the wider field, as technology can be both a threat and an opportunity for artists creating art.”
During the session, Ai-Da answered questions directly from other peers too – although Meller confirmed the questions had been pre-submitted to ensure better quality answers from the AI language model used to power the responses.
Asked by crossbench peer Baroness Bull how she produces art, Ai-Da replied: “I produce my paintings by cameras in my eyes, my AI algorithms and AI robotic arm to paint on canvas, which results in visually appealing images.”
We wonder if she’s able to do them with her shades on.
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