We Are Machine_Machine Like Us

We are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves.

(Berger, 1972)

While artificial intelligence emulates the behavior of the brain, machine enables to work with a wider set of natural processes. Through a huge information base and artificial correction in AI algorithm, is it possible for artificial intelligence to be like the growth process of a human baby, through learning to produce the same self-awareness and mental state as humans, or Just like John Searle’s Chinese Room argument, refuting artificial intelligence has the possibility of producing human mental states.

This work is interested in the origin of the AI and how it began to learn. As AI speech was firstly developed by using the pre-recorded speech, this installation as well uses the pre-recorded speech method in order to communicate with humans. The visitors are invited to talk with the installation which will record the voice and keep on repeating it back. The installation furthermore records all of the speech received and creates a database of different voices and pitches. This way the human speech gets constructed into the installation. At the same time, the installation is taking a video of a human body and showing it as fragmented body images in the process of machine learning. The blur images are like the sight of human infant that is learning how to speak and see, the same way as the installation learns from the fragments.

Siri software_Conversation with people

To generate speech the Siri system stitches pre-recorded human speech. Many hours of pre-recorded speech are broken down into words, and these words are broken down into the most elemental components: Phonemes. Whenever a sentence must be generated, recording of appropriate phonemes are selected and stitched together. (Old version )


How can we have a conversation with machine?
Machine learning(classification)
Fragmented body-Image_Machine like human baby

Infants recognize themselves in mirror or other symbolic contraption which induces apperception from the age of about six months to eighteen months, which is considered first stage of self-recognization. (Lacan, 1953) When an infant subject sees their reflection in a mirror at first, the subject in fact doesn’t recognize oneself as “I” but as the “other”. For them, their image is a succession of phantasies that extend from a fragmented body-image to a form of its totality.” This misrecognition (seeing an ideal-I where there is a fragmented, chaotic body) subsequently “characterizes “I” in all its structures. For example, in the movie The Matrix, the character, Neo looks at the fragmented body-image in a broken mirror before awaking from digital world. It seems to symbolize this fragmented reflection connects with unknown identity.

Machine builds up basic databases as human baby’s growth process.