We should embrace AI to help us solve humanity’s existential crisis

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With a fuller understanding of issues such as climate change and migration we have a better chance of developing solutions, writes Anna Liu

An interest in connecting people to nature runs through all of Tonkin Liu’s projects. More than a year ago when we first embarked on a project to design the Barbican’s AI: More Than Human exhibition we found ourselves grappling with the complex and rapidly evolving subject matter of artificial intelligence.

The exhibition content takes visitors on a journey from ancient mythology to contemporary technology, encompassing creative, socio-political, scientific and cultural facets of AI.

Our design, Mist, Mirror and Megaliths, proposes an allegorical journey through a landscape of information. Giant fabric screens, mirrored walls and floating megalith cabinets create this other-worldly landscape, taking visitors through a sequence of breathing, boundless and floating spaces.

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