15 Feb 2023

Why is A.I. so Secretive?

The Process: Why is A.I. so secretive?

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Filmmaker Morgan Quaintance explores moral questions around the creation of AI

Film maker Morgan Quaintance is interested in what AI can teach us about being human. For his commission for the PATH AI: Privacy, Agency and Trust series, he set out to explore divergent cultural attitudes to AI between the UK and Japan. But when he started putting out requests for interviews, he was met with a wall of silence. Public institutions, AI developers, robotics companies and schools all seemed unwilling to reply and the film couldn't be made. Frustrated about the stonewalling he'd experienced, he started to think more about the process and what this says about the development of AI. Why was there such overwhelming silence from companies developing this technology? What does this say about some of the moral questions that go into its formation? Morgan is joined by The Guardian’s tech journalist Alex Hern and AI artist Nouf Aljowaysir to try to find out.

Morgan Quaintance

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer.

His moving image work has been shown and exhibited widely at festivals and institutions including: MOMA, New York; Mcevoy Foundaton for the Arts, San Francisco; Konsthall C, Sweden; David Dale, Glasgow; European Media Art Festival, Germany; Alchemy Film and Arts Festival, Scotland.

Over the past ten years, his critically incisive writings on contemporary art, aesthetics and their socio-political contexts, have featured in publications including Art Monthly, the Wire, and the Guardian, and helped shape the landscape of discourse and debate in the UK.



    Alex Hern


    Nouf Aljowaysir


Producer: Alannah Chance
Series Presenter: Laurent John
Theme music: Ka Baird
Additional music: Harry Murdoch
Mastered by: Nick Ryan
Produced as part of the Creators Programme 2022

Supported By

The Rothschild Foundation

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