Since the first industrial revolution, automation is one of the major objectives in the development of productivity, i.e. to replace human workforce with task-performing machines. Today, under algorithmic capitalism and industry 4.0, scripted interactions are prone to stake out a territory in terms of employment in historic measures.

Artificial Intelligence disrupts a large segment of the industry – from the self-driving cars reinventing transportation, chatbots reinventing friendship, unmanned drones reinventing war, smart domestic appliances reinventing housework to e-government reinventing politics. How far are we prepared to hand over the control to our machines? Safety being a major social issue here, we need to pre-mediate outcomes and train our future robots in order to avoid catastrophic results. But are we 100% sure of what values we should be teaching to the artificial beings? Do we inherently have an ethical code of conduct that can be universally applied?

The installation displays a dramatic scenario, where the convergence of AI and VR technologies are played out by embodying a conversational bot as an alien entity in 3D space. The story is acted out between this nonhuman entity and a human user in a way, that the former interrogates the latter about our ways of thinking, our ways of acting. The user is exposed to testify for their humanity in order to boil down value preferences to a protocol for the machines. The interaction takes the metaphor of machine learning and dramatises its process.

Due to the presence of sensitive material, people under 18 are not advised to participate in the installation.

Credits

Interactions: Gábor Pribék, Filip Ruisl
Coding: Gábor Pribék, Jonathan Ravasz
3D Modelling, Animation: Iván Rohonyi-Demkó
Sound design, music: Filip Ruisl
Chatbot: Richárd Nagyfi
Story, content: Szilvi Német, Attila Nemes, Orsolya Forster, Patrik Makrai, Judit Varga, Richárd Nagyfi
Installation design: Balla A. Benjamin, Jonathan Ravasz, Healium Decoration (Márton Timóczki-Nagy, Márton Urbán, Zsolt Emri)