Michael Gubbins (pictured) lead our panel on The Good, The Bad and the AI at this year's Fís TV Summit, organised by Ardán.
Alongside myself, Jennifer Davidson of the Writers Guild of Ireland, Antony Nilan of Virgin TV and Abigail Rekas of the University of Galway got into the nitty gritty of the ways this technology can help and/or hinder us.
It was a fantastic talk and a great event and I was delighted to be part of it.
I'll be at the 7th annual FÍS TV Summit this Thursday (Imbolg no less) with thanks to the lovely people at Ardán.
I'll be part of a panel, chaired by Michael Gubbins, discussing #AI in the television industry. The Good, The Bad and the AI. What side of the coin are you on?
Kerry Ehrin is international speaker this year, too.
Maybe I'll catch you there...
New Year 🤝 New Collaboration
I'm kicking off the year as the new voice of Staycity Aparthotels.
Next time you're listening to the radio or booking your stay with them you'll have my voice in your ear telling you all about their delicious beds and general greatness, recorded magically via virtual session with both my Wicklow home studio and Grand Central Recording Studios in London meeting in harmonious airwaves somewhere above the Irish sea.
I'm delighted to be working on this project thanks to Alex Cameron Ward, the team at KesselsKramer London, and Olga Pull of Staycity Aparthotels.
P.S. They have a little sale on if you're in the mood for a nice little city break for yourself. You deserve it sure, it's January.
Wishing all visitors a very merry Christmas and a restful break.
Hope to see you on the other side, refreshed and ready for 2024. (Well, by about February at least).
In the meantime, take care and be well.
P.S. here's a little something to warm your cockles this holiday season.
I spoke to Sonal Rupani, the go-to source on the latest news in the world of tech and futurism, in Dubai for her podcast, The Reboot. Here's a overview of what we chatted about:
"Sonal speaks to voice over artist Remie, whose voice was cloned using artificial intelligence. She signed a contract, allowing her employer to use it forever, but there are questions around the ethics and fairness of such an agreement."
I spoke to Gavin O'Connor for Film Network Ireland's industry Podcast, Wrapchat. We talked about making a viable career as an actor, being a people person, and being recognised on the street.
A great one for anyone trying to make it as a creative.
BRB, just scrolling the OROKO Travel YouTube for my armchair winter escape. Join me?
Earlier this year a producer from Animo Films got in touch with me asking me to discuss my experience of finding my voice on an AI site for their upcoming RTE documentary.
Game Changer: AI & You is their new one-hour documentary which aired on RTÉ One in November. Made in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland for Science Week, the documentary sees journalist Anne-Marie Tomchak take a look at how this technology is transforming human experience and how we need to adapt to cope with AI’s increasing power and influence on our lives.
The show explores the positive developments in areas like health, education and climate action, as well as touching on the negatives – the scourge of misinformation and deep fakes, the threat to jobs, the existential concern around artificial intelligence becoming more intelligent than us and the fact that our ability to determine what is real or fake is being increasingly compromised by the capabilities of AI.
My segment focused on voice acting and the arts more broadly, arts ownership, and fair remuneration for creative works.
You can see a clip of my interview here, and the full documentary can be caught on the RTE Player.
Above is a still from the ICCL event I took part in a fortnight ago, 'Human Rights at Risk: AI and Facial Recognition Tech in the Arts' in the fantastic venue of The Complex in Dublin, which was a success, with a surprisingly good turnout, despite the biblical downpour of the evening (here I am being interviewed by Karlin Lillington, tech writer of The Irish Times).
Different perspectives about the impact of AI and FRT in the arts were discussed, including some points (from writer Joanna Walsh) very much in favour of exploring the possibilities of this new technology - an approach I hadn't considered due to my own experience, but an interesting one to consider, nonetheless.
As Olga Cronin of the ICCL argued, FRT also poses a huge threat to human rights globally, and combined with the biometric and intellectual data scraping that AI is doing across the board, it made for a very grim discussion at times.
However, there is always hope for a brighter future, and consensus was that artists could use this time to make interesting work about what is going on - that the precarious and worrisome now offers an opportunity to break new ground and reach further than ever before, touching hearts and minds, as well as opening them. Which is what's needed of course, if humans are to win out against the machines (or to be more precise, the other humans who have created them).
Much to ponder, much to create.
The AI discussion rambles on in ever-new iterations, and this certainly won't be my last post on the topic!
If the prospect of FRT in Ireland frightens you (and it probably should) you can sign the ICCL's petition against its introduction (both covertly and overtly) here:
I DO NOT CONSENT TO FRT
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.