Ars Electronica Festival explores Artificial Intelligence

Ars Electronica Festival explores Artificial Intelligence
By Euronews

<p>The Ars Electronica Festival has opened its doors in the Austrian city of Linz. Its aim is to tackle important and relevant questions on the future, with a focus on art, technology and society.</p> <p>This year’s theme is artificial intelligence… And there are robots everywhere, with the machines even becoming artists themselves.</p> <p>Gerfried Stocker is the festival’s artistic director.</p> <p>“Art forces us to think beyond borders, to question what the industry tells us we can do with technology. Is that really everything or can we do more?“ he asked.</p> <p>Last year’s festival attracted some 85,000 people. Visitors this year can sample exhibitions and events throughout the city until September 11.</p> <p>Euronews reporter, Philip Artelt, added:</p> <p>“If I pick up this phone, there is a real telephone like this ringing somewhere in the world and I can talk to a real human. Artworks such as these remind us that human beings are what is really important in a world awash with artificial intelligence.”</p>