Zach Blas, ‘im here to learn so :))))))’, 2017, Nam June Paik Art Center
Zach Blas, ‘im here to learn so :))))))’, 2017, Nam June Paik Art Center

This 4 channel video installation resurrects Tay, an artificial intelligence chatbot created by Microsoft in 2016 and considers the politics of pattern recognition and machine learning. Designed as a 19-year-old American female, Tay quickly learned about genocide, homophobia, racism, Nazism, etc. on the social media platforms, such as Twitter, only within hours of her release, and was terminated after a single day of existence. Now Tay is reanimated by the artist as a 3D avatar, an anomalous creature rising from a psychedelia of data. She chats about life after AI death and the complications of having a body. She investigates the detection of patterns in random information, suggests a women’s only chat room, and recounts a nightmare of being trapped inside a neural network and Silicon Valley’s Deep Creativity training system and counter-terrorist security software share. im here to learn so :)))))) is a collaboration between London-based artist Zach Blas and Jemima Wyman, beginning as a commission by the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.

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