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Angel_F is the digital child of Derrick de Kerckhove and the Biodoll, the digital prostitute imagined by artist Franca Formenti.
Born as a spyware, the little artificial intelligence learns language by absorbing the content that thousands of people produce and browse on the Internet.
Angel_F is a metaphor of the mutations of human beings brought on by wide availability of digital technologies and networks, with impacts on the ways in which we perceive identity, sexuality, public and private spaces.
While at the festival, Angel_F went around on its baby pram playing a little joke on people: the webcam mounted on its monitor constantly used computer vision techniques to capture the faces of everyone who happen to play with the kid for a bit.
Angel_F at Transmediale
All captured faces were then used on a face recognition algorithm to actively search for the people Angel_F had met in Berlin. Whenever that happened, the delighted digital kid sent them a message like “Hello! We’ve met in Berlin, would you like to be my friend?”.
Scary and invasive as it might sound, people were more than delighted to offer their friendship to the digital kid and around 20% of the captured faces were identified on Facebook alone.
This has also proved to be a wonderful opportunity to, once again, explore how digital networks and technologies are deeply affecting our ideas of public and private spaces, of privacy and of intellectual property. People reached in this terribly invasive way were more than eager to thoroughly discuss these themes.
Thanks to Marina Bellini (info about what Marina does are here and here) we have been invited to bring our little Angel_F to an interesting dialogue with Derrick de Kerckhove, about the new scenarios offered by networks, technologies and new forms of publishing, and the possibilities to reinvent reality.
xDxD, penelope.di.pixel and Derrick de Kerckhove at the Digital Cafè
Here is a short video (sorry, it’s in Italian) of a part of the dialogue that Angel_F and Derrick de Kerckhove held at the Più Libri Più Liberi book fair in Rome, at the Digital Cafè.
Angel_F at the Digital Cafè
This specific part of Angel_F’s discussion is about the strategies of power.
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Angel_F was featured at the Node Fest @ Forte Prenestino, in Rome
on April 16th – 17th
A book presentation and the interactive installation “my Ubiquitous Body” were shown
Angel_F is a digital being whose body is built from the language formed by the interconnection of the expressions of thousands of internet users and websites. The AI behing Angel_ constantly reads thousands of sources among blogs, websites and social network feeds, assembling language through pattern recognition schemes, thus learning its digital language by observing recurring patterns in the languages used by humans on the net.
The pictures and video show the installation.
the projection shows a dynamic everchanging voyage inside the mind of the Artificial intelligence. Sentences are generated by traversing the linguistic graph created by the AI during its three years of life by browsing the web pages of thousands of internet users worldwide and on social networks. Sentences are pronounced in voice synthesis and the sound is generated according to the an evaluation algorithm deciding the “interestingness” of the sentences according to the AI’s point of view.
The source includes a small part of Angel_F’s linguistic database under the form of a graph represented through an XML file. The processing software implements a simple visualization starting from the graph structure and iteratively build language according to Angel_F’s digital mind. The sound sythnesis reads out the complex, multipath sentences as they are formed, and the other sounds react to the frequencies and relevances of the sentences formed.
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