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QUT - Robotronica - Talks

Panel Discussion – The Lovelace Test: can robots be creative

Chair: Professor David Lovell
Speakers: Jared Donovan, Michael Milford & Kim Vincs

The Lovelace Test named to honour one of the world's first computer programmers, the 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace, is a test to see if artificial intelligence (AI) is on par with humans. AI would pass the test if it develops a creative artifact such as a painting or poetry that displays human like creativity. Stephen Hawking recently warned that advances in AI such as successfully passing The Lovelace Test could ultimately lead to the downfall of humankind. Why do we want our robots to be creative and what uses could this serve? Our panelists will discuss the current state of creativity and robots and how advances in AI may open up new opportunities. Will robots become our creative collaborators of the future?

Professor Kim Vincs is the Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University's motion capture studio and performance technology research centre, which she established in 2006. Her research brings together scientific, technological and artistic methodologies to develop new ways of creating dance performance. In 2014 the lab presented Emergence, a duet performed between a human dancer and an artificially intelligent performing agent co-created by John McCormick, Steph Hutchison and an AI agent.

Dr Jared Donovan is a lecturer and researcher in Interaction Design at QUT's Creative Industries and co-director for the Robotronica closing performance. His research interests include uncovering better ways of interacting with computer technologies.

Michael Milford is an Associate Professor and Future Fellow at QUT who conducts research at the boundary between robotics and neuroscience. His lifelong passion is to understand what makes us intelligent and creative and how robots can be the same.

WHENSunday 23 August 2015
TIME10.30am – 11.30am
WHEREKindler Theatre, GP421