Care robots, medical treatments, deepfakes and self-driving cars all with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI). The BrAInpower exhibition at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave shows spectacular applications of AI and explains how it can make such huge leaps. Bas Haring, Professor of Public Understanding of Science, is the guest curator. To what extent has he embraced super-fast computing in our daily lives?

‘Look at all those wonderful cables!’ Bas Haring exclaims at a computer case that has been opened to reveal a spaghetti of cables tumbling over the motherboard. The computer comes from 1968: ‘We consciously wanted to show more than just the latest hip AI gadgets,’ says Haring. He created the exhibition together with Ad Maas, a curator at Boerhaave. Haring: ‘Some people think AI is a scary technology that has suddenly emerged in the past ten years. I’m not going to say if you should be scared or not. But it’s important opinions on AI are based on fact. With this exhibition we want to explain that nothing magical has happened but that computers have gradually become faster, which makes more applications possible.’

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