If you've always had a fear of Skynet, then don't be alarmed when you discover Ai-Da, an ultra-realistic robot capable of drawing people from life using her eye, and a pencil in her robotic hand.
Named after Ada Lovelace – the first female computer programmer in the world – Ai-Da’s ability as a robot to draw and paint from sight has never been achieved before and makes her an artist in her own right, as well as a world first.
She has been designed to look as lifelike as possible by the same Cornish robotics company that created the robots for Westworld – Engineered Arts has given her a “RoboThespian” body, featuring an expressive range of movements and she has the ability to talk and respond to humans. Her ability to react to humans and to draw has been developed by scientists at Oxford University and Leeds University using AI processes and algorithms.
The invention of gallery owner Aidan Meller, he says Ai-Da is "pioneering a new AI art movement".
"As an AI robot, her artwork uses AI processes and algorithms," he adds. "The work engages us to think about AI and technological uses and abuses in the world today."
Now you can view Ai-Da’s work in her first solo exhibition, Unsecured Futures, which will feature drawings, paintings and sculpture. "We are looking forward to the conversation Ai-Da sparks in audiences," said Lucy Seal, researcher and curator for the project.
The exhibition is free and launches on 12 June at Oxford University. If, however, you see Sarah Connor during the show, please leave the building's nearest exit as soon as humanly possible.