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New exhibition: ‘Artificial Idiocy’ for Galway Cartoon Festival

September 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am - October 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Cartoonists from all around the world express what AI means to them in this new exhibition, Artificial Idiocy.

It was Tuam-born engineer and social philosopher Michael Cooley, founder of the journal AI & Society, who coined the term “human-centred systems”. He foresaw Artificial Intelligence as a tool that extended our will, enabling us to create and achieve more human-oriented, socially useful goals. It was a beautiful vision of the future.

Mention Artificial Intelligence today however, and what reaction do you get? Well, see for yourself. We asked cartoonists from all around the world to express what AI meant to them. Many feelings emerged, with fear and mistrust featuring prominently. But also, perhaps surprisingly, there is considerable sympathy for our new robot overlords.

Machines are, it seems, on the cusp of becoming human. The question cartoonists asked back is whether they are to be envied or pitied.

-Cartoon Festival

The exhibition runs from Friday 29 September until Friday 27 October 2023 and admission is free.  Plan your visit today!


September 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am UTC+0
October 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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