[NetBehaviour] Positive AI

Michael Szpakowski m at michaelszpakowski.org
Tue Jan 16 13:39:53 CET 2018

I'm not sure I'm particularly well placed to offer either answers or even helpful comment but I did want to say welcome to the list & do keep posting!michael

      From: Lara Stumpf <y at lara-stumpf.de>
 To: netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
 Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:00 AM
 Subject: [NetBehaviour] Positive AI
Dear NetBehaviour,
I am a design and art student and have been working on my graduation project with the topic Artificial Intelligence. My approach is creating an AI-something to support an everyday activity. However, I am lost. I have done a lot of research and most of the time I am very critical: A lot of power is given to algorithms and them working with statistics creates a big and dangerous mainstream (like those big data algorithms deciding what we see online), some inventions are dangerous (like self-driving cars) and most of the time inventions could be cool, if we ignored the evil people behind them.
But I don’t want to create a critical art object, I want to create positive AI. Something to support us (with a prototype). How could AI support us while not replacing us? As Joseph Weizenbaum states, a computer cannot be human; but right now, all those AI developers try to make a human AI happen. I don’t want deep learning algorithms to analyse movies with their trailers and success statistics in order to find the solution for the perfect trailer in order to replace creativity by mainstream in the future. So, supporting us could work by assisting us… like Siri or Alexa. Maybe I could research an assistant-AI for my graduation presentation? Well, there is hardly anything it could assist me with. I don’t want to have AI help me with my content because I dislike content being build up through statistics. And I want to hold the presentation myself, I don’t want to listen to computers instead of humans. Everything else just feels like small gadgets. But maybe AI might help me by creating ideas? Mixing statistically useful components or, maybe even more interesting, mixing useless components to create new ideas (http://artbot.space/)? Hm…
My thoughts go on and on. So, what would happen if I thought about the relationship between AI and us? Or maybe AI could help the relationship between humans? But not just like an app, where people are assigned to each other. I don’t know. Would that even really be AI? Or just boring algorithms? Where would we really need AI? Maybe in nature, or at least outside, where the surroundings keep changing all the time so we would at least need some kind of AI for orientation?
Thinking about nature made me think about bees dying. Maybe AI could help us with the environment if we silly humans don’t do it? Maybe I could create a small robot to drive around and do some guerilla gardening (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_gardening), like loosing a few seeds in order to have more flowers in cities. What do you think?
Thank you!
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