‘I can’t really gouge her eyes out’: Art robot stopped at Egypt airport in spy fears

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British Artificial Intelligence Artist, Ai-Da was detained at an Egyptian airport for fear of involvement in espionage.

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Ai-da was set for her first show in Egypt before security forces denied her entry into the country and detained her for 10 days. The issue has caused tension between British and Egyptian diplomats as the British ambassador led talks to secure his release.

Ai-da and her statue were flown by air cargo to Cairo in special flight cases before the Forever Now exhibition, starting Thursday and running until 7 November.


“The British ambassadors have been working overnight to release Ai-da, but we’re still on the wire,” said Aidan Mailer, an Oxford art dealer and producer of Ai-da. Guardian before his release on Wednesday evening.

“I can’t take her eyes out. They’re integral [to making her art], “said Mr. Mailer. “She would also look strange without them.”

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“Let’s be really clear about this. He’s not a spy. People are afraid of robots, I understand it. But the whole situation is ironic, because Ai-da’s goal was to expose and warn the abuse of technological advances, And he is being caught because he is a technology.” He added: “Ai-da would appreciate that irony, I guess.”

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She was cleared through customs on Wednesday evening, hours before the exhibition was due to start, with the British embassy in Cairo saying they were “glad” that the matter had been resolved. Mr Mailer thanked the British Embassy and Art d’Egypt for their “wonderful work” in trying to get them released.

Aidan Mailer has called Ai-Da “the world’s first hyper-realistic artist”. The art dealer said that Ai-da draws in his eyes with cameras, AI algorithms and his robotic arm. Named after the late computing pioneer Ada Lovelace, AI-Da was created by a team of roboticists, art experts and psychologists into a multi-million-pound project that is updated as AI technology improves.

The AI-powered artist held his first solo art show at the University of Oxford and has since traveled the world showcasing his work with exhibitions at the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Ai-da’s work includes the “First Self-Portrait with No Self” and a collection of sculptures and paintings. Aidan Meller hopes that Ai-Da will stimulate discussion about the relationship and dynamics between machines and humans.

Granthshala Contacted Cairo International Airport for comment.


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