Algorithmic video montage with sound
7 min 45 sec, on loop
PC immersed into 3M Novec 7000 liquid
It has been recommended to me on many occasions to watch science fiction films such as Her or the recent Ex-Machina. Those films speculate on the possibilities of AI having features of human psychology and the problematics that result from this.
On the other hand there is Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading proponents of transhumanism and head engineer at Google, who predicts that by 2099:
“The vast majority of the Earth’s sentient beings are AI’s [Artificial Intelligence] that exist entirely as thinking computer programs capable of instantly moving from one computer to another across the Internet (or whatever equivalent exists in 2099). These computer-based beings are capable of manifesting themselves at will in the physical world by creating or taking over robotic bodies, with individual AI’s also being capable of controlling multiple bodies at once.”
Many questions arise around the subjects of the anthropomorphization of AI and inversely the robotomorphization of the human, and both are dealt with from the perspective of the future. The latter however, should also be considered in the present. The possibility of the anthropomorphization of AI is still vague, but the robotomorphization of the human somehow resonates louder in our consciousness.
Our migration to cyberspace does not happen through our sudden reappearance in the matrix, nor by wiring our brains to a computer. The cloud, being real on the back end —with kilometres of server racks arranged next to each other, is however abstract on the front end and remains invisible to our eye. It has become the information-processing unit, the brain—the very locus of our lives. It accommodates our knowledge, money, dreams, memories, experiences and anxieties. It goes as far as sequencing DNA and deciding how to rearrange our genes. It has already conquered the back-end of our life.
The project realized thanks to the support from Arts Council Norway and 3M
The review of the show at Kunstkritikk (in Norwegian)
© Ayatgali Tuleubek