We know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is exerting an increasingly important influence on our world, from high-tech computing to more ordinary areas like the photo editing app on your phone. But most of us probably can’t get to the bottom of a simple question: what exactly is AI? And what are the potential ramifications of its growing role in our day-to-day lives?
These are the questions being asked by CHOM5KY vs CHOMSKY, a new exhibition at the KINDL Centre. Organised as part of Berlin Science Week, the installation seeks to debunk the popular perceptions of AI and machine learning technology, so you leave with a clearer idea of its potential and its pitfalls.
Designed less as an exhibition and more as an interactive experience, the temporary installation makes use of VR technology to guide you through. Visitors are accompanied by an eerily realistic artificial personality, Chomsky_AI, which converses with you as you move through the installation. The AI guide is meant to act as a mirror to each individual visitor, “reflecting back what people discover about themselves during the experience.”
The activities are playful and informative, and will push you to consider the boundaries of technology and, ultimately, of humanity. Heavy stuff, but don’t worry, you can handle it. The whole thing lasts around 40 minutes, and there’s time for a concluding session of reflection after you’ve finished the experience. Try it out alone or in a group of up to four people.
Words by Elise Shepley
CHOM5KY vs CHOMSKY is open Wednesdays through Sundays, midday until 8pm. Tickets are €24 full price, €18 reduced, and €12 for children.