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Robot says AI is ‘threat and opportunity’ to artists during Lords address – video

A robot has addressed the House of Lords for the first time, telling a committee that artificial intelligence can be a ‘threat and opportunity’ to artists.

The robot, named Ai-Da and devised in Oxford by Aidan Meller, gave evidence to the communications and digital committee as part of an inquiry into the future of the arts, design, fashion and music industries and how AI might affect them.

With rapidly developing AI, growing accessibility to super computers and machine learning on the ride, Ai-Da – named after the computing pioneer Ada Lovelace – was created as a ‘comment and critique’ on rapid technological change