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Designing Human-AI Systems for Creativity and Beyond: Robert Twomey

February 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*This talk is hybrid (in-person & remote). Capacity is limited. Please register ahead of time.

Communing With Creative AI

Recent advances in generative techniques have radically expanded the breadth, scope, and sophistication of creative AI, producing results that are by turns magical, banal, and unexpected—mirroring the range of human creative production. In this talk, Twomey discusses his research in human-machine interaction and computational co-authorship. Spanning drawing, robotics, and real-time performance, his artworks explore emergent technological possibilities while centering human dynamics of the exchange. Are these acts of high tech ventriloquism, mediumistic extensions of a creative unconscious, or collaborations with computational others? However we decide these questions of autonomy and agency, tool or collaborator, the value of creative AI lies in what it reveals about human imagination and desire.

About the Speaker

Robert Twomey (he/him) is an artist and engineer exploring poetic intersections of human and machine perception, particularly how emerging technologies transform sites of intimate life. He has presented his work at SIGGRAPH (Best Paper Award), CVPR, ISEA, NeurIPS, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the California Arts Council, Microsoft, Amazon, HP, and NVIDIA. He is an Assistant Professor at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an artist in residence with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, UC San Diego.

About Designing Human-AI Systems for Creativity and Beyond

Imagine a computer that could finish your sentences, or compose music that sounds as if you wrote it, or dance with your moves or solve a problem by creating hundreds of lines of code – leaving you to focus on a task that is even harder, augmenting your creative ability and pushing you to reach your creative potential. In a sense, that computer is merely the descendant of the power looms or the steam engine of the Industrial Revolution. But it also belongs to a new class of machine, because it grasps the symbols in language, music and programming and uses them in a way that seems creative, seems human. These “Generative AI” models represent a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, creativity and design.

This speaker series invites you to engage in the promise and perils of the next big thing in machine intelligence. We invite speakers from the worlds of art, design, technology and policy to discuss these impressive new capabilities, its limitations and how we, as designers and students, could harness it to reach new heights in art, music, dance, architecture, fashion, creative writing and programming.


February 8, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Design and Innovation Building
Room 208


The Design Lab
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