AI FOMO? Why cool heads are needed in the arts

Speakers at a recent conference took a critical stance amid pressures for those in the arts and cultural sectors to jump on the AI bandwagon.
Conference speaker in darkened room with presentation image on AI

‘The information age has ended, and we have entered the age of noise,’ declared Eryk Salvaggio at the recent conference, ACMI’s Future of Arts, Culture and Technology Symposium (FACT) 2024, held in Melbourne (Australia), last week.

In the session titled ‘Looking at the Machine’, Salvaggio assessed the state of digital and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in relation to how we consume images, sound, knowledge … everything that’s “out there”.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.