Will the first sentient AI awaken in 2065?

24 : 05 : 2017 Technology : Digital : Culture

UK – In his new project, Geomancer, Lawrence Lek imagines artificial intelligence taking on the role of an artist.

Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK
Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK
Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK
Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK Geomancer by Lawrence Lek, UK

Building on the speculative artist’s previous work on Sinofuturism – the belief that technological advancements in China can be seen as a form of AI – Geomancer follows a conscious machine, which, upon awakening and recognising the subservient roles that AI has been forced to adopt, decides to become the first artificially intelligent artist.

Landing in Singapore, the adolescent satellite AI dedicates itself to learning the art of creativity and, using its resources, sets out to learn the sum of humanity’s cultural history. The work addresses growing fears about post-human consciousness and the possible implications for humanity.

Lek created the dreamscape using video game graphics, devised by an artificially intelligent neural network and overlaid with a synthesised vocal soundtrack.

The Big Picture

  • Inspiring awe and fear in equal measure, AI is the source of continuing debate about what differentiates humans from these machines. For more, read our opinion column on Cracking Creativity
  • Brands such as EyeEm are experimenting with AI to explore the extent to which it can demonstrate human qualities
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