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  • Writer's pictureAhmed Elridi

The Integration and uses of Artificial intelligence AI for museum and public venues


A little bit of a personal History


Before I dive into the subject of this article, I want to share a small detail, that would let you know why I love art, computers, Computer-generated art, and on top of all artificial intelligence (AI). Through this article, I have added a few videos that I have felt are noteworthy, and I am thankful for all the creative individuals and teams who made those videos an published them on the internet for all of us to feel the impact of (AI) in our lives.

 

Some 45 years ago, I received my first batch of papyrus paper handmade by my uncle and grandfather, they were fascinating pieces, with old Egyptian Gods and kings outlined in black, ready for the holder to color them and bring them to life, which was something I very much enjoyed after I have completed my school work, and while this has become a passion, turning 16 I had my first home computer experience, as my beloved father bought me the Sinclair ZX Spectrum +, a home computer that you connected to the TV set as a monitor. Driven by a passion for putting those drawings into the computer, and recreating some of the texts, that I was able to read since I learned the Hieroglyphic alphabet from one of the papyruses that were sent to me as part of the annual ritual of flooding me with those beautiful treasures made by my grandfather and my uncle, to impress them, I developed the first computer-based font model to transform an English keyboard into a hieroglyphic keyboard.


Dr. Hassan Ragab Papyrus institute, a papyrus of isis

Whatever I have achieved today was inspired by my family's remarkable achievement of reintroducing the planting of papyrus in Egypt and reviving the ancient art of papyrus paper making, an industry that had been lost for thousands of years, to date, I am still following my dream of making computers integrate visually and colorfully in our everyday life.

 

Museums and heritage sites have long been the keepers of our collective history, safeguarding the artifacts and stories that define cultures and civilizations. As we step into the (AI) age, these institutions are embracing the transformative power of (AI) to enhance the visitor experience, preserve delicate artifacts, and educate the public in innovative ways.

 

The Heart of Cultural Education

 

Museums and heritage sites are more than just repositories of the past; they are vibrant educational hubs that bring history to life. Imagine walking through the grand halls of the Egyptian Museum, where each artifact tells a story of a civilization that thrived thousands of years ago. Here, the treasures of Tut-ankh-amun dazzle with their intricate designs, offering glimpses into the lives and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. Visitors can participate in educational programs that delve deeper into Egyptology, fostering a greater appreciation for this rich heritage.

 

Similarly, here in the UAE, where I have spent the last 23 years of my life, participating in almost every screen project that has made a mark, I have been honored to work with the amazing team of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi as it stands as a beacon of Islamic art and architecture. This architectural marvel not only attracts millions of visitors with its stunning design but also educates them about Islamic culture through guided tours and educational programs. By promoting interfaith dialogue and hosting cultural events, the mosque fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of Islamic heritage.

 

The Dawn of (AI) in Museums

 

The introduction of (AI) into museums was a gradual process, initially focused on enhancing operational efficiency. Early (AI) applications were used to streamline ticketing systems, improve security, and manage collections with greater accuracy. As technology evolves, there is a great window of improvement, with now some of the applications of AI beginning to play a more interactive role, offering personalized tours and virtual reality experiences that make museum visits more engaging and informative.

 

A pharaoh Robot

Transformative Benefits of (AI)

 

The integration of (AI) in museums brings about numerous benefits. AI-driven interactive guides, for instance, can provide personalized tours, answer visitor questions in real stime, and offer detailed information about exhibits. This level of interaction not only makes visits more engaging but also helps visitors gain a deeper understanding of the displays.

 


Moreover, (AI) has significantly enhanced accessibility. Technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and online tours allow people from around the world to explore museum collections from the comfort of their homes. This global reach ensures that cultural education is not limited by geographical boundaries.




Preservation efforts have also seen remarkable improvements with (AI). Advanced imaging techniques and predictive maintenance powered by (AI) help in the meticulous preservation of artifacts. By analyzing high-resolution scans or photographs of damaged pieces, AI algorithms can identify patterns, colors, and textures to assist conservators in recreating missing or deteriorated elements. (AI) can monitor environmental conditions, such as humidity and temperature, to prevent damage to delicate items, ensuring that they remain intact for future generations.

 

On the side of Data analytics provided by (AI) offer valuable insights into visitor preferences and behaviors, allowing museums to curate exhibits that resonate more with their audience. This data-driven approach ensures that the displays remain relevant and engaging.

 

Pioneering New Concepts in (AI)

 

Today, (AI) is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in museums and heritage sites, since it is directly connected to Virtual and augmented reality (AR) experiences that transport visitors to different times and places, providing immersive learning experiences; AI is helping creators and curators, deliver rich content that makes the visit more exciting, and memorable. Imagine donning a VR headset and walking through the ancient streets of Rome standing beside the Great Pyramids of Giza as they were being constructed, or walking into a cubical of LED displays that are driven by AI real-time created content, where you can participate in an immersive experience to discover by yourself how the place you are in looked like thousands of years ago.

 

There are also (AI) powered personal assistants that can guide visitors through museums, providing real-time information and enhancing the overall experience, those can be handheld on your mobile or in hologram. Interactive storytelling powered by (AI) allows visitors to influence the narrative, making their journey through the museum uniquely personal and engaging.

 



Smart exhibit management is another groundbreaking application. (AI) can monitor and adjust environmental conditions to protect exhibits, ensuring that the artifacts are preserved in optimal conditions. Through the integration of (AI) with IOT-powered sensors, (AI) can gather information on how the artifacts are currently affected by the number of visitors and the weather conditions, this is invaluable in maintaining the integrity of priceless items.

 

As I always like to say, No one is left behind; and nothing needs to be left behind, so for those who cannot visit in person, (AI) technologies offer remote access to museum collections. Virtual tours, digital guides, and online exhibitions bring the museum experience to a global audience, democratizing access to cultural heritage, very much as it is also valuable for those who have enjoyed the actual on-site visit, who want to take their memories with them, (AI) powered apps and content can transfer the experience to their homes, by providing them with an enhanced (AI) portable experience that they can share with their families.

 



The Future of Museums and (AI)

 

As we look to the future, the potential for (AI) to revolutionize museums and heritage sites is boundless. These technologies are not only enhancing how we interact with history, but they also ensure that these cultural treasures are preserved for generations to come. By embracing (AI), museums are fulfilling their educational missions offering richer, more immersive experiences that bridge the past and the present more effectively than ever.

 



In this journey through time, museums and heritage sites are not just looking back; they are boldly connecting to the future. This fusion of technology and tradition ensures that the stories of our past continue to enlighten and inspire, connecting us all through the shared tapestry of human history; this itself has never happened and it will provide generations to come more enlightening experiences, far more informative, truthful and clearer, than any other time humans have had before.

 



AIMS Digital Solutions: Pioneering (AI) Innovations

 

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to transform the landscape of cultural institutions, AIMS Digital Solutions stands at the forefront of this technological revolution. Based in Dubai, AIMS Digital Solutions specializes in delivering cutting-edge AI-powered digital signage solutions across various sectors. Through strategic partnerships with leading AI corporations worldwide, AIMS Digital Solutions is introducing innovative AI-driven tools that enhance visitor engagement and operational efficiency.

 

AIMS Digital Solutions is an award-winning innovation agency that partners with some of the best-known brands and retailers in the region. Our mission is to transform customer experiences through insight, technology, and creativity. We deliver AI-powered solutions for retail digital signage and interactive wayfinding, tailored for shopping malls, banks, retail environments, and corporate settings. These solutions are designed to enhance customer experiences and increase return on investment.

 

Our expertise in AI-driven technology allows us to create immersive and interactive environments that captivate audiences and streamline operations. At AIMS Digital Solutions, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of what AI can achieve, ensuring that our clients stay ahead in an ever-evolving digital landscape.


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