AI

The AI future looks positively rosy

7 August 2021 9:00 am

In the future, men enjoying illicit private pleasures with their intelligent sexbots might be surprised to find that even women…

The world's first robot artist discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the perils of AI

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the world’s disappointments with the first robot artist

Bright and beautiful: Double Blind, by Edward St Aubyn, reviewed

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Edward St Aubyn’s ‘Patrick Melrose’ novels were loosely autobiographical renderings of the author’s harrowing, rarefied, drug-sozzled existence. Despite their subject…

The robot as carer: Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro, reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The world of Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel — let’s call it Ishville — is instantly recognisable. Our narrator, Klara, is…

The terrifying development of AI warfare

21 February 2021 6:30 pm

The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France contains some of the earliest known Palaeolithic cave paintings, including those of lions, bears, and…

Boldly going where hundreds have gone before: Brave New Planet podcast reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Since technology is developing at such light-speed pace, why does it feel so strangely slow? There is a sense that…

A high-end car-boot sale of the unconscious: Colnaghi’s Dreamsongs reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In 1772 the 15-year-old Mozart wrote a one-act opera set, like The Magic Flute, in a dream world. Il sogno…

Much-hyped technological innovation isn’t necessarily progress

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Modern advances in communication technology, computer power and medical science can sometimes be so startling as to seem almost like…

TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing – and goofiest – digital platform, but should we fear it?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

In November last year, an internet video made by a 17-year-old American went viral. The video was less than a…

Ancient and modern: Antigone and algorithms

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Hardly a day goes by without someone making excitable predictions about human progress and how, thanks to AI, we are…

Flop of the year? Royal Court’s Instructions for Correct Assembly reviewed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Hunt the Flop’, the Royal Court’s bizarre quest for dud plays, has found a candidate for this year’s overall prize.…

Games without frontiers: Ian Cheng’s ‘Emissaries Guide – Narrative Agents and Wildlife’ (2017)

The artist who creates digital life forms that bite & self-harm. Sam Leith meets him (and them)

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Digital art is a crowded field. It’s also now older than I am. Yet despite a 50-year courtship, art galleries…