The Transmigrations live music concert performed in Toronto on June 9, 2023 at the Toronto Reference Library. This concert, a collaboration between Dhaivat Jani and Ryan Kelln, is part of the Provocation Ideas Festival, and explores the history of the technological transformation of modern society, the nature of intelligence, and the recent revolution in generative AI tools. It includes an integrated discussion about the practice of using these tools and how increasingly intelligent and accessible tools will shape economics, politics, and culture. Read More

Ubiquitous Text 2 Image

“buckskin and fur” by Naomi From August 1st to 6th 2022 the Harbour Collective organized a workshop for six Indigenous Canadian artists where we investigated the latest machine learning / AI art tools, particularly tools that allow text to be transformed into images (text-2-image). The two main tools used were MidJourney and DALLE-2. During the week, as the participants grew more familiar with the tools, and particularly after we were able to create our own community online on the Discord platform where image prompts and generated images could be shared just with the group, the usage patterns began to change. Read More

Five Directions

The Five Directions tutorial series is a collaboration with Jason Baerg to help educate artists and scholars about the principles, history, current practice and future of machine learning and its use in art practice. Originally designed for a group of Indigenous artists and scholars as part of a larger project spearheaded by Jason Bearg, this tutorial series is now publicly available thanks to Interaccess. This is a series of 5 hour-long narrated presentations intended to teach the history, current practice and future of using machines and machine learning (A. Read More

Sound Escapes

The Sound Escapes concert is a collaboration with Spectrum Music released on July 30, 2021 as a online concert. Concert streamed on twitch on July 30th at 8pm ET. It is now available on youtube. Watch the full concert here. Inspired by the wild and uninhibited beauty of nature, it is a collaboration of 6 emerging composers, an amazing jazz trio and myself. For each piece I have created accompanying visuals; a music video crafted from found footage, local landscapes and generated by machine learning / artificial intelligence, all made with open source software. Read More

AI Art Assistant

I am currently looking for collaborators for a machine learning and art project. Would you like to join me? Continue reading below!

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Coding Chaos Concert

The Coding Chaos concert was a collaboration with Spectrum Music performed on May 2, 2019 at The Tell in Toronto, Canada. Part of Spectrum’s 2019 concert series featuring the Jungian archetypes, this concert represented The Creator, as described by them: Where will we be when what we create can create us? Technology continues to grow at an exponential rate as we discover new ways to improve our everyday lives - but at what point do we lose ourselves to a technology advanced far beyond our control? Read More

How to Build a Self-Conscious AI Machine

Long, but well written article on the development and future of self-aware machines.

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We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Inspiring and terrifying TED talk by Zeynep Tufekci about the crisis of building AI to maximize profit from advertising.

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Humans and Aliens from Creo Animam

Opening poem for the Creo Animam concert.

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It May Not Feel Like Anything to Be an Alien

Humans may have one thing that advanced aliens don’t: consciousness. Super intelligence may only be ethical without consciousness and may not need it.

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AI Anxiety

Big-name scientists worry that runaway artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity. Beyond the speculation is a simple question: Are we fully in control of our technology?

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Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

How to maximize the benefits of AI while avoiding potential pitfalls. This article gives numerous examples of such worthwhile research aimed at ensuring that AI remains robust and beneficial.

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