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Writers invade artswalk and hold mandatory reading
February 6, 2020 @ 6:20 pm – 7:20 pm
Join me for my first presentation of the work I completed with OpenAI’s neural network, GPT-2. Come see what I wrote with a robot and assembled out of cardboard boxes from Jeff Bezo’s secret stash! Fellow writer Jessica Lea will read her new poems at 6:50 and 7:50.
Our economy is made up, so why didn’t we make one that cleans the environment and fulfills us. What would happen if the poor were given access to all the resources they needed and the goal of work was to complete tasks effectively for the common good? If you think it would include sentient robots, talking dogs, and planet sized consciousness, check out my latest work. The assemblage book I made is available to view all month at RAM, and I will be reading from it, along with my experiences writing in partnership with an AI text generator.
About the Book:
Trash Novel considers a near-future Earth where a trash-based economy (one that drives economic output through the mining of air, water, and land pollutants) ends poverty. And pollution. A benevolent consortium of artists, talking animals, and sentient robots ends democracy. These economic and political tweaks usher in a Hobbesian era of ordered individual liberty. And isn’t that why we climbed out of the trees in the first place?
Trash Novel starts from the premise that current cultural expressions are a result of our human desires and interactions. By adding in the desires of non-human intelligence, machines and domestic animals, new expressions and practices appear. The story and the presentation of the work in reused trash demonstrate that adding the diverse perspectives of non-humans improves the living conditions of humans.
The inspiration for this creation comes from the obvious improvements in the human condition that occur when we eliminate discrimination as it relates to class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual expression, and age. What becomes possible in human culture when bias against the unknown intelligence of machines and animals goes away?
I emphasize collaboration in all my work. Normally this includes humans but given the advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), I wanted to explore these budding cyber relationships. As a writer, I’m fascinated with advances that disrupt the role of writer. AI systems are creating video, photos, and text indistinguishable from human created content. Sometimes the only way to tell what is real or fake is to ask another machine! These advances led me to a neural network called GPT-2. Play with the model yourself at https://talktotransformer.com/. In the handout, the underlined portions are the unedited contributions of the GPT-2 neural network.