Digital Dreams: Speculative Futures for Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and the Human Brain

Jessica Herrington, Denise Thwaites

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This chapter explores possible future interactions between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR). Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the chapter considers dreaming in both humans and machines as a lens through which to investigate how future integrations of AI and AR may support both creativity and learning. It begins by exploring the creative potential for immersive world building with AI and AR, as well as its potential impact on human perception. It then examines how AR and AI could provide moments of revelatory learning for individuals by uncovering hidden data structures that influence our daily lives. Next, we consider possible negative impacts of combining AI and AR technology; how their vulnerabilities to bias, hacking and invasions of privacy, could be exploited for nightmarish ends. Finally, we offer some thoughts regarding speculative futures for AI and AR, as fields that compel on-going creative and critical engagement by artists, designers, and technologists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationThe Fusion of Advanced Technologies
EditorsVladimir Geroimenko, Ernest Edmonds, Craig Vear, Paul Brown, Nick Bryan-Kinns, David England, Sam Ferguson, Bronac Ferran Birkbeck, Andrew Hugill, Nicholas Lambert, Jonas Lowgren, Ellen Yi-Leun Do, Sean Clark, Nelson Zagalo, Matthias Rauterberg
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)9783031271663
ISBN (Print)9783031271656
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2023

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing


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