Humanoid looking robot in the mirror Anonymous
About the work
How are we shaped by the world around us?
Using artificial intelligence (AI) text-to-image generative software, this image represents the AI’s interpretation of a ‘humanoid robot looking in the mirror.’ The datasets that ‘trained’ this AI system are comprised of billions of images from the internet, all produced by humans. As a result, the AI’s ‘self portrait’ is made out of fragments of a decidedly human culture. Can we still call it a ‘self’ portrait? Expanding this understanding, we might ask to what extent we as humans are also ‘trained’ by the world around us?
Is our own intelligence any less artificial than the AI’s or are we too a sometimes unwitting product of the culture and social debris that define our identities? Does contemporary culture represent our inherent humanity, or are we as a species being re-shaped by the forces moulding contemporary culture?
Humanoid looking robot in the mirror BSL video
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A square digital image of a distorted humanoid face. It looks at the camera straight on, with a line down the centre, suggestive of the gap between mirror cabinet doors. Their upper body is made of moulded proportions that curve in waves, supporting the round and rippling face at a point beneath the chin where the hair moulds round on both sides to meet at the neck.
The artist responsible for this work wishes to remain anonymous.