We are happy to inform you that KiBu's VR installation (Training 2038 – Human Data Collection for Artificial Intelligence) features the next edition of the Ars Electronica Festival 7-11 September Linz, Austria. The artwork is going to be on view in the Ars Electronica Center during reception hours.
Since the first industrial revolution, automation is one of the primary instruments of increasing productivity, i.e. to replace human workforce with task-performing machines. The thermo-mechanical models of the early industrial age have been evolved by now into electro-computational networks of higher complexity, where scripted interactions stake out an ever-growing number of domains and specialist fields. Under the so-called algorithmic capitalism, automation (robotics with automated thought – AI) disrupts a large segment of the industry and life as we know it: from the self-driving cars reinventing transport, chatbots reinventing friendship, unmanned drones reinventing war, synthetic bodies/persons reinventing human rights, to e-government reinventing politics.
In contrast to the perceived obfuscation in much of the computational protocols today, Training 2038 stages a scenario where people are given a voice to feed back on systems just taking shape. In a safe-space of a private VR experience, an extensive survey is underway in a form of a dialogue played out between an embodied conversational bot and a human user. With no moral conscience, how should an automated decision tree behave?