Jinah Roh has been interested in the co-evolution of humans and machines and worked on AI or mechanical systems. An Evolving GAIA deals with both the expectation for and fear of Strong AI which is at the initial stage. Gaia means the Goddess mother of the Earth, and the earth which regulates itself and promotes interactions within its system. The Gaia theory views the earth as an organism with self-regulatory functions, and in which all the living and lifeless things can interact with each other and supplement energy to each other. The artist’s ‘Gaia’ which has not yet completed looks at viewers as they approach her, and answers to the question which they whisper to her ear. As you know, machines trained via Deep Learning will soon achieve self-regulation and self-reduction. The artificial intelligences which learn and grow for themselves at a tremendous speed, though now at the only baby-like stage, may be able to become our ruling queen, or Gaia, in some day.
Image rights: Installation view at Nam June Paik Art Center