Machine Hallucinations

  • Matias del Campo, Alexandra Carlson, Sandra Manninger
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publication Name: FORM & FORCE 2019 Conference Proceeding

The term AI is quite a generalist term and is used to describe several different approaches. In Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence is defined as the study of Intelligent Agents, which includes any device that perceives its environment and that takes actions to maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals In general, the term Artificial Intelligence is applied when a machine mimics cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving. This opens up questions about the nature of creativity, the methods to evaluate this, and the nature of creativity at large. Can an AI create a novel sensibility (?) -and if so: can we as humans perceive and understand it? This was one of the many questions that the entire studio discussed fiercely, and it became very apparent that there is an enormous amount of fear of losing human agency in design. In most cases a fear that is not based on fact, as the research on this project showed very prominently. The project presented here tackled the problem not only from the aesthetic side – the ideas that AI can creatively generate a sensibility – but also from a profoundly ethical point of view: pondering the question wither an AI can develop a belief system. Do AI’s worship? If so, does that frame of worship materialize in some way? Do robots dream of perfect cathedrals?

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