AI Summit North West

In September ImaginationLancaster hosted AI Summit North West. The event brought together hundreds of professionals working in the creative industries, policymakers, and researchers, to discuss the challenges and opportunities that AI is posing the creative industries.

Photo of the Summit in progress The summit in progress

I had the pleasure of hosting a ‘provocation’ with Andy Walmsley of Wash Studio. In the discussion Andy voiced his concern about future generations, specifically wondering if the creative industries will be rendered obsolete by AI. While there was much nuance to the discussion, in my view the takeaways from the discussion were:

  • There are certainly risks, particularly in this period when new technology is being adopted very quickly
  • There are also many opportunities as well
  • We should endeavour to support businesses through this transition
  • We should endeavour to provide future generations with the skills they need to thrive in an AI-infused world
  • We should be mindful of the ethical dimensions of how AI is trained and the energy demands it brings

The event was also a great opportunity to demonstrate Jesse’s Entoptic Field Monitor to a new audience, who found it a very engaging way of understanding the ‘material’ aspects of image diffusion models.

Written by

Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.