Javier Lloret

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People Don't Have Buttons (2019)

Sound work. 2 minutes 21 seconds

Since the early days of artificial intelligence (AI), researchers have speculated about the possibility of computers thinking and communicating as humans. In the 1980s, there was a first revolution in Natural Language Processing (NLP), the subfield of AI concerned with linguistic interactions between computers and humans. Recently, pre-trained language models have reached state-of-the-art results on a wide range of NLP tasks, which intensifies again the expectations of a future with AI.

This sound work, made out of audio fragments of scientific documentaries and AI-related audiovisual material from the last half century, explores the hopes, fears and frustrations provoked by these expectations.


Sources include: 'The Machine that Changed the World : Episode IV -- The Thinking Machine', 'The Imitation Game', 'Maniac', 'Halt & Catch Fire', 'Ghost in the Shell', 'Computer Chess', '2001: A Space Odyssey', Ennio Morricone, Gijs Gieskes, André Castro.