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Artist-robot Ai-Da detained in Egypt

She has been described as a "vision of the future" and is as good as any other abstract artist today, but Ai-Da, the world's first surrealist robot artist, hit a temporary snafu ahead of her recent exhibition when Egyptian security forces detained her at customs.
Ai-Da will display her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time in thousands of years that contemporary art has been allowed to be exhibited alongside the pyramids. But because of "security concerns", which may have included fears that she was part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held at Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic row.
According to Mellor, border guards detained IDA first because she had a modem and then because she had cameras in her eyes (which she used to draw pictures). "I can throw away the modem, but I really can't gouge out her eyes," he said. She finally cleared customs on Wednesday night, hours before the show was to open. The British embassy in Cairo said it was "pleased" the case had been resolved.

Ai-da and her sculptures have been specially flown in the case of air cargo to Cairo before forever is now on display, which will run until 7 November, presented by art D 'Egypte in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Tourism and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition will feature works by renowned Egyptian and international artists including Stephen Cox, Lorenzo Quinn, Moataz Nasr and Alexander Ponomarev.
The robot's artwork, which includes "the first self-portrait without a self", has been exhibited at the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and she previously spoke to the Guardian about her inspiration.
Mailer, the Oxford gallery owner, said he had always hoped his project would spark debate about the rapid rise of artificial intelligence technology. "She's an artist robot, let's be clear. She's not a spy. People are afraid of robots. I can understand that But the whole situation is ironic, because AI-Da's goal is to highlight and warn against the abuse of technology development, and she is being held because she is technology. I think Ai-Da would appreciate the irony." He added: "It is clear to us that the fiction of 1984 and Brave New World is now a fact.
Artificial intelligence is developing rapidly. Tens of thousands of graduates will receive degrees in machine learning for the first time.
The supercomputer can use large amounts of data and process extraordinary algorithms. We expect that by 2025, technology will be massively disruptive, and AI-DA is trying to use art to get people's attention." Mailer thanked the British Embassy and Art D 'Egypte for their "amazing efforts" to secure her release.
In 2016, a work of art by British artist and army veteran Bran Symondson was confiscated at a Houston airport and banned from entering the United States. The work -- three decommissioned, non-working AK-47s decorated with dollar bills and butterflies -- was meant to be displayed in a pop-up exhibition at the Colomb Museum. "All the paperwork is in place, but they still refuse to release his work," the gallery director said at the time.

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