DI Webinar – Mick Grierson, London

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Ethics of Computationally Intelligent Systems – Issues facing the Creative Industries in AI and ethics

To most observers, contemporary AI is as opaque as it is powerful, and this in itself is the root of a number of significant problems. For example, it is still the case that many people, including prominent academics – conflate progress in AI and Machine Learning with the creation of artificial conscious beings that have intention, accountability and even deserve legal rights. However, to many others, it appears that no such technology exists, and most experts in the field predict that even if such a thing were possible, it could not happen using computational technology of the kinds we currently have. In this talk I will argue that whatever the truth of this, the idea of hyper-complex, potentially sentient AI masks even more significant problems that AI and ML can contribute to, including that although the power of new AI and ML methods are considerable, what makes them problematic is the way they reflect the world we live in. In addition, I will present a range of projects by staff and students working in and around the Creative Computing Institute to illustrate how human-centred AI and ML approaches can make an impact.


Mick Grierson is Research Leader at UAL Creative Computing Institute. His research explores new approaches to the creation of sounds, images, video and interactions through signal processing, machine learning and information retrieval techniques. Hardware and software based on his research has been widely used by world leading production companies, tech start-ups and artists including the BBC, Channel 4, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Christian Marclay, Martin Creed, Jai Paul and many others. He led the first BSc programmes in Creative Computing in the UK, and the first creative programming MOOC in the world, with over 250,000 learners. Work by his students and research group was instrumental in the development of the field known as Creative AI. He was Principal Investigator on the £1million Artificial Intelligence project MIMIC, a partnership between Durham University, Sussex University, Goldsmiths College, and Google’s Project Magenta, and is currently CO-I on the AHRC’s Transforming Collections project (led by Susan Pui San Lok). He was the Academic Research Lead for the £1million 2018-2020 Wellcome Trust Hub, in collaboration with Heart n Soul, RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre and UCL CRAE, and Principal Investigator for the Institute of Coding’s £1.4 million Future Projects Fund Project, “Creative Solutions to Digital Transformation”, in collaboration with FutureLearn, Lancaster University, Goldsmiths College, NESTA and the Made Smarter Commission.


Running Order

16.00 – Welcome by Chris Speed

16.05 – Talk by Mick Grierson

16.50 – Q&A

17.00 – End

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