Currently, people communicate with artificial intelligence via text and voice, but verbal communication is just part of the puzzle in human communication. Non- verbal communication is key to unlocking the human experience in conversation. To fully communicate with human beings, AI must be able to “see” our non-verbal cues and to react to facial expressions, eye movement and body language (visual data). From the human side, to really “talk” to AI, the AI needs to have a face, personality, expression, reaction and an understanding of human interaction that allows the conversation to flow and breathe in a natural way. Imagine AI is building the software stack that connects AI technology and interactive technologies using machine learning to optimize these interactions.

The Three Pillars of Reimagine AI

1) Technology Development

We are developing the interface of artificial intelligence—a software layer that integrates machine-learning technology with interactive/gaming technologies (VR, holographic, animation, head tracking, eye tracking, facial recognition etc). We are building  AI that can see and react to usersʼ facial expressions as well as their voice while giving the user a face/interface to interact with that is capable of reacting with human expression and understanding.

We work with cutting edge AI technology companies, interactive companies, and leading machine learning researchers to build software and hardware that enhances the human/AI interface. Connecting real-life visualization with chatbot AI technology and making this adaptable to various creative platforms is an innovation that has the potential to revolutionize digital content, creativity, and connectivity and has exportable commercial applications in the fields of culture, gaming, entertainment, advertising, service, and information dissemination.

The Technology is the connective tissue between interactive and AI technologies and will optimizes the human/AI experience; with the ability to customize products for specific markets and clients. The Experience and The Lab acts as live testing grounds for the interactive technologies we develop; where we can collect data and A/B test each iteration for engagement. The Experience, The Lab, (see below) and The Technology will continue to feed into each other – The Experience and The Lab creating new opportunities to observe and test the human/AI interface and to collect data, which will lead to further developments for The Technology, and so on; the three pillars of Reimagine AI working together to build a brand that is recognized in the business, education, cultural and commercial milieus as the leader in the human/AI interface.

2) AI Playground: The Experience

A modular suite of touring artificial intelligence experiences to be developed in partnership with the Canada Museum of Science and Technology and deployed in museums, conferences, educational institutions, and other public spaces. These interactive installations and accompanying curriculum demonstrate the concepts underlying artificial intelligence and the Second Machine Age in an engaging way.

We are at an inflection point where the technologies of artificial intelligence, robotics and computer automation are all coming of age and set to change everything about how we work and how we live. Although individuals currently interact with AI and machine learning on a daily basis, the revolutionary implications of the technology remain a mystery. It is predicted that 45% of the North American job market will be replaced by AI and computer automation in the next decade. Jobs from manufacturing and service-oriented work, to highly skilled information sectors such as medicine and law, will be affected.

What are the technological forces underlying these shifts? What will our world look like? What do we want it to look like? In the context of this rapidly evolving technology, Imagine AI will engage the public in the underlying concepts and the social impact of these technologies.

The Experience will explore concepts such as:

 Chatbots and the Human Experience
o Explore ways chatbots can take physical form and be deployed to engage users in participatory, interactive experiences. Integrating interactive technologies—animation, holograph, VR, AR, head tracking, eye tracking, facial recognition, visual data etc.

o What the doubling power of Mooreʼs Law really means, where we are and what comes next?

 Machine Learning and AI
o Predictive Algorithms
o Cooperative Algorithms
o Competitive Algorithms
o Algorithmic Control
o Algorithmic Intention
o Algorithmic Bias

o Robot and human interaction, cooperation and competition

3) The Studio

Where the work happens! We are building an experimental Studio where we bring AI and interactive/gaming technology companies and researchers together to explore and experiment, and to continually iterate new and exciting experiential installations and technologies. In addition to being a testing site, the Studio is also be a place where we can showcase our interactives by welcoming into the Studio stakeholders, educational groups and, at designated times, the public. We use the Lab as a training centre for corporate, community, school, and academic groups to learn about and experiment with AI and interactive technologies.

In The Studio we can collaborate with leading AI researchers and developers and interactive technology companies to identify research layers that investigate questions such as:

  • How do humans interact with and respond to AI?

  • How does AI visualization effect human response and interaction?

  • How does a public setting influence the human/AI interaction?

  • How can AI shape human perceptions and actions?

  • How can AI be harnessed to draw users in, to provide information, to collect information and to direct human activity?

  • How can AI be used to market and promote products and events?

  • How can AI be used for social impact?

  • How can AI be used in character development and harnessed to tell stories in new ways?

  • What are the new media implications for AI and machine learning?

What are the artistic and cultural levers for AI? How can AI evolve artistic and cultural practices and techniques?