A lifelike robot was seen as a spy in Egypt

The device, equipped with cameras and a modem, was detained by local customs officers for ten days.

The highly realistic Ai-Da, made in 2019, is the first robot artist. He was originally supposed to showcase his work on Thursday near the Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheops Pyramid) last week. The problem arose when Egyptian customs officers were confronted with a robot transported to the country in a special suitcase. Ai-Dat was viewed as a spy device due to his eyes with built-in cameras and an integrated modem, then was seized and kept for ten days. detained. Even the exhibition was almost canceled due to false security concerns.


Ai-Data was created by Oxford gallery owner Aidan Meller, who was surprised to receive the news, saying the artist-robot was not a spy. Meller understood that some people were afraid of robots, but stressed that the purpose of the special machine was to bring to the fore abuses of technological advances and draw attention to them. The robot was practically detained for its advanced technology and would certainly reward the irony inherent in it.

Ai-Dat was finally released ten days after his entry, just hours before the show opened. The name is, by the way, a tribute to mathematician Ada Lovelace. His works include “the first self-portrait with no self,” which has been exhibited at the Museum of Design and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the world’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts and design.

Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – IT/Tech by sg.hu.

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