«The Seeker»

«The Seeker»
Still Image
Nye Thompson
Words That Remake The World «The Seeker» This drawing is one of the outcomes from my ongoing project ”The Seeker”. The Seeker is a machine entity - a proto-AI - which travels the world virtually looking through security camera eyes and using image recognition technology to describe what it sees. The drawing contains all the words and phrases that The Seeker has used to describe its visions in the tens of thousands of locations around the world that it has ‘visited’ in the last 2 years. It represents a kind of mapping of an AI’s developing conceptual landscape. With accelerating advances in Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence image recognition and object identification software, an entirely new way of seeing the world is evolving. One where the relationship between viewer and viewed will be transformed, and everything seen is objectified. This evolving machinic visual landscape will become codified within the DNA of future intelligent systems and AIs. What are the machines learning to find worthy (or unworthy) of their visual attention? The Seeker was named for Ptah-Seker, the artist/technologist god of the Ancient Egyptians, who created the world by speaking the words to describe it. This work considers the power implicit in the act of describing a scene - choosing what objects and concepts to include or exclude, and what terminology to use in defining them - and how the act of describing the world might come to establish a whole new worldview for machines and humans alike.