“We just can’t predict what she will do, what she’s going to produce, what the limit of her output is,” said Aidan Meller, curator of the Unsecured Futures exhibition which opens at St John’s College, Oxford on June 12.
“We’re at the beginning of a new era of humanoid robots and it will be fascinating to see the effect on art.”
Mr Meller is clear that his goal is not to replace human artists.
Rather, he likens to the rise of AI art to the advent of photography.
“In the 1850s everyone thought photography would replace art and artists, but actually it complemented art – it became a new genre bringing many new jobs,” he said.
He added, however, that within the narrow genre of shattered light abstraction, Ai-Da is producing images “as good as anything else we’ve seen”.
Mr Meller hopes that the interest generated by the robot will encourage public scrutiny of technology and particularly AI.
This includes its sinister potential for the environment, such as the disruption feared to bats and insects caused by the roll-out of the 5G mobile network.
He commissioned Ai-Da two years ago from a robotics firm in Cornwall, meanwhile engineers in Leeds developed the specialist robotic hand, which is governed by coordinates self-plotted on a “Cartesian graph” within the system.