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Can Artificial Intelligence Judge Us?

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Giorgia Massari
mots ai | Collater.al

Artificial intelligence can judge us? Can it know who we are just by looking at us? These were the questions the multidisciplinary duo mots asked themselves when they started working on the installation AI & Me. Over the past year, AI has become incredibly democratic and its capabilities are used in various fields. We often reflect on its nature, the consequences of its use, and its functionalities. But have we ever wondered how “she” sees us? The work of Daniela Nedovescu and Octavian Mot, founders of mots, reflects precisely on how AI might hypothetically perceive us. The artists have constructed a series of machines that leverage artificial technology to judge us. But let’s delve into the functioning of this controversial work, which initiates a conversation on the ethical dimensions of AI in our lives.

mots ai | Collater.al
The Confessional

Phase 1, The Confessional

The AI & Me project, born from the interest of the duo mots, goes beyond the mere visual representation of our image reflected by AI. The installation is a genuine journey that the visitor undertakes to discover what AI thinks of them, driven by curiosity. The journey begins with “The Confessional,” a machine that issues judgments about people based solely on their outward appearance. «We built ‘The Confessional’ not necessarily as a judgment booth, but as an interactive machine that inadvertently showcases our dependence on validation and the idea that being reduced to data can be entertaining,» explains Octavian Mot, one of the two members of mots.

mots ai | Collater.al

Phase 2, The Siblings

The visitor then moves on to the second phase, dubbed by the artists as “Siblings.” On screens, a series of human figures come to life, as well as digital brothers and sisters of the participant. This phase of the journey inevitably raises questions about our individuality. If we can be copied so easily, what truly defines our individuality? Essentially, it forces us to consider what it really means to be unique in a world where intelligent machines could have an increasingly significant role. But let’s move on to the final phase, which further questions our uniqueness.

mots ai | Collater.al
The Siblings

Phase 3, AI Ego

The third phase of the installation path is not for everyone. AI interacts only with the visitors it liked the most. At that point, the image of the few selected starts to appear multiply on other screens, generating different versions of that person. More questions arise: What if AI could imagine images of us that we’ve never imagined? And since we can’t remember everything, who says those invented images aren’t true lost memories? The installation thus plays with interaction to push people to reflect on the ethical implications of using our data, confronting us with raw, unfiltered judgments and hypothetical alter egos. With this work, mots emphasizes the urgent need to consider the biases and labels that AI can perpetuate and therefore the consequences of this increasingly exponential development.

mots ai | Collater.al
AI Ego

After a series of exhibitions in Germany with over 2000 participants, mots’ installation is poised to leave a lasting impression, offering an immersive journey rich in narratives for the audience and fostering discussions about AI’s impact on self-perception.

mots ai | Collater.al
mots ai | Collater.al
mots ai | Collater.al

Courtesy by mots

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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