Lily McCraith

​Lily McCraith


  • Artificial intelligence, Technology, Arts

  • London (Germany)

Lily McCraith (b. 1996) lives in London, where she studied design at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also has an educational background in computer science. In her practice she combines both disciplines. In doing so she uses a variety of different media and tools such as code, performance, film, augmented reality, 3D modelling and simulations, 3D printing, electronics and artificial neural networks.

Lily McCraith realised several works with machine learning-based text generators. For her project Now Make This, for instance, she trained an artificial neural network with DIY instructions from platforms such as wikiHow and Instructables. She uses it to ask: “What happens when humans follow machine generated instructions?” This question addresses pertinent issues such as the increasing outsourcing of decisions to algorithms (ADM), responsibility in the use of algorithms, self and other-determination, but also potentials for expanding our capabilities through algorithmic tools.

During her stay at the RICAIP (Centre for Research and Innovation for Advanced Industrial Production) in Prague, Lily McCraith not only intends to exploit the potential of AI, but also to address the connections of this technology to our planet. Thus, on the one hand, we promise ourselves that AI will solve a wide array of problems, but on the other, the resource consumption of its application is an additional burden on the planet. Another of her research interests is the binding of people to technology, in particular on what ways civic actors can exert influence on it.

Contributions by ​Lily McCraith