Alexander Devriendt is an immersive theater creator with the company Ontroerend Goed, and he was presenting an interactive piece about artificial intelligence called Artificial: Room One. It was an early-iteration prototype that is starting to explore the evolution and future of the CAPTCHA tests that we take in order to prove our humanity. When originally tasked with creating a project around AI, Devriendt was surprised to find that AI was simultaneously a lot more limited than he had expected, but also at the same time made some huge technological leaps to do things that he didn’t think was possible. It was this gap that he wanted to explore in his piece, but also using the experience as a mirror for us to reflect upon our own humanity, and how would we go about the process of trying to prove that to other people using the affordances of our technologically-mediated modes of communication.
I was a part of the first batch of users to go through the experience on the night that it opened, and had an opportunity to reflect upon the experiential design process with Devriendt, and then dig a bit deeper into some of the deeper philosophical reflections about artificial intelligence and what it means to be human.
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