DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
An algorithm uses an image to generate prose and poetry, while a surveillance camera scans for faces and describes what it sees in “spoken” words.
The creative applications of artificial intelligence technology are becoming increasingly refined. A perfect example is this algorithm that, without human intervention, uses imagery to generate prose and poetry. Take any sort of photo you want, upload it, and the word.camera app will transpose the image into ornate text. A picture of a dead pigeon on a sidewalk might trigger a reflection on mortality; wearing a funny party hat might inspire the app to come up with a joke. This multimedia project uses artificial intelligence algorithms to generate textual descriptions of images. This could be the beginning of a new kind of camera, or a new kind of photography. There are two physical versions of this lexographic camera. The first, built using an old-fashioned film camera, prints texts and relevant passages from novels on the basis of the images it captures. The second is a fully automated pan-tilt-zoom surveillance camera that looks around for faces and describes what it sees in “spoken” words. Ross Goodwin’s word.camera is the harbinger of robots that will interpret and describe their surroundings using human terminology.
Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.
Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond during DocLab Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence on Monday 23 November and as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.