AI Comes to Life in London’s Barbican Exhibition

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IBM’s Rossi inside the AI: More than Human exhibition, in London, May 16, 2019. (Photo: Mark Allan)

The Barbican Centre in London today opened its doors to a new “festival-style” exhibition, AI: More than Human, which explores creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence (AI) through the years. This groundbreaking exhibition endeavors to demonstrate and illustrate the potential that AI systems hold to revolutionize our lives.

Since the term “artificial intelligence” was coined by John McCarthy in 1956, the AI scientific community has worked steadily and actively to improve the capabilities of these systems. At IBM, we have for more than a century served as technology optimists who push the boundaries of cutting-edge technologies to ultimately enhance and extend human capability and potential — making all of us better at what we do and how we do it.

Of course, IBM has a long history AI innovation. In February 2019 we witnessed yet another AI milestone when our IBM Project Debater competed against world champion debater, Harish Natarajan, in front of live audience of around 800 people and another million watching on livestream.

Besides being a leader in advancing AI’s capabilities, IBM is also proud to lead in building responsible, fair, explainable, and trustworthy AI. In doing this, we follow a clear set of Trust and Transparency Principles that ensure our responsible stewardship of data and new technologies; that we deliver scientific and technological advancements to build a system of trust around AI; and that we offer guides, commercial services, and industry-leading tools that support concrete solutions for AI ethics issues, including AI OpenScale, AI Fairness 360, the Adversarial Robustness Toolbox, and Everyday Ethics Guide for Artificial Intelligence.

Moreover, we lead efforts with other companies, scientific and professional associations, and policy makers from all over the world to define a responsible approach to AI.

In this environment, in April 2019, IBM formally endorsed the European Commission’s first-of-its-kind AI Ethics Guidelines, which I was privileged in helping write, that offer a human-centric roadmap to trustworthy AI, with the aim to help organizations maximize the benefits of this technology while minimizing its risks.

The EU guidelines include an assessment list for trustworthy AI that will be piloted by tech companies and other organizations until the end of 2019, and feedback from this period will be used in the creation of a final assessment list due in 2020.

IBM’s rich history in both the symbolic and data-driven approaches to AI will be on display at the Barbican Centre’s AI: More than Human  exhibition in London between May 16 and August 26, 2019. I hope many of you will be able to explore the exhibit either online or in-person, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you on trustworthy AI solutions that ultimately allow each and every person to live out their full potential.

Homepage Image: teamlab, What a Loving, and Beautiful World, 2011, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Calligraphy: Sisyu, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi (c) teamlab.

AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research

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