Shown at the exhibition “Neurons, Simulated Intelligence”, at Centre Pompidou, Paris, curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Camille Lenglois from 26 February – 26 April 2020.

The Prayer is an art-installation that tries to explore the supernatural through artificial intelligence with a long-term experimental set up. A robot – installation operates a talking mouth, that is part of a computer system, creating and voicing prayers, that are generated in every very moment by the self-learning system itself, exploring ‘the divine’ the supernatural or ‘the noumenal’ as the mystery of ‘the unknown’, using deep learning. How would a divine epiphany appear to an artificial intelligence?

The focus of the project could maybe shed light on the difference between humans and AI machines in the debate about mind and matter and allows a speculative stance on the future of humans in the age of AI technology and AGI ambitions. Above an anticipation of AI Singing with AI generated texts, since singing is a major religious practice. Delìrivm Còrdia10/out/2022

Diemut Strebe, Author of Concept and Final Design

The presented spoken prayers in the video above are the original and in the very moment new created contemplations of the AI machine The Prayer.

According to the conviction of most scientists within the research about artificial intelligence, robots as self-learning software running on so called neuronal networks of deep learning should in principle be able to mimic or generate any form of human consciousness even in a superior way. We want to test and explore this ability on religious experiences, thoughts and behavior with a long term experimental set up.

The production is a collaboration with Regina Barzilay, Tianxiao Shen, Enrico Santus, all MIT CSAIL, Amazon Polly, Bill and Will Sturgeon, Elchanan Mossel, MIT, Stefan Strauss, Chris Fitch, Brian Kane, Keith Welsh, Webster University, Matthew Azevedo.

With extraordinary and special thanks to Hideyuki Sawada, Waseda University and Thanh Vo, The University of Danang, whose speech machine for the hearing impaired has been a point of departure for the design of the outer features of the artwork.

The Prayer by Diemut Strebe, 2020
AI machine / Multi media
Sizes machine w:14 cm x h: 35 x l: 24,5 cm

Aluminium frame, silicone, motors , plaster, monitor, printer; computerized system using neuronal machine learning software.

AI free text-generation for speech and singing, AI text to speech – generation in real time, audio / mouth movement synchronization

Others prayers: Bianca Andrade lança a avatar Pink, A inteligência artificial e o fim do trabalho, A inteligência emocional em 15 frases, Bíblia Sagrada by Inteligência artificial, Inteligência artificial conclui a “Décima” de Beethoven

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