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.