Digital trends: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI or Artificial intelligence is undisputedly the digital trend of 2023 but what is AI and what impact will it have on the heritage sector in the coming years? In this Reflect, Share, Inspire online session, Jo Burnham explains what AI is and the ways in which it can help support day to day tasks within your heritage organisation.

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Digital trends: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

This recording has closed captions in English, simply click on the closed captions symbol CC on the video below. This recording is 54 minutes in length. Download session presentation: Digital trends: Artificial Intelligence (AI)(PDF 4MB). More resources on digital trends can be found in the Digital Heritage Hub session resource pack. Download transcript of this session (Word 59KB).


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Published: 2023
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Digital Heritage Hub is managed by Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with The Heritage Digital Consortium and The University of Leeds. It has received Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery funding, distributed by The Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Digital Heritage Hub is free and answers small to medium sized heritage organisations most pressing and frequently asked digital questions.

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