The Forgetting Robot


A participatory work that is completed with audience’s acquisition -take down and collect pixels to make the robot forget.


The Forgetting Robot 失憶的機械人 
Digital print (59.4cm x 110cm 300 dpi), invigilator and viewer 
2017

This year we as the human civilisation have witnessed plenty of breakthroughs in the machine learning technology of artificial intelligence (A.I.) Microsoft’s Xiaoice has published ‘her’ debut anthology in May 2017. Xiaoice is a chatbot who is described as being able to compose poetries based on images. However evident the  consciousness of an A.I. may be displaying, A.I. is still considered less superior than human beings in the way its memory works. What makes us human is the ability to forget – the function of our subconsciousness to elect and omit past information.

The Forgetting Robot is a participatory work that is completed with audience’s acquisition. In this work, the verses written by Xiaoice are reappropriated to create prints, which are buyable by audience in terms of pixel units. Audience is free to decide the amount of pixels they want to acquire (a total of 27,011,071 pixels could be removed). Through the process of taking away scattered portions of pixels, the visual memory of A.I., the acquisition here becomes a symbolic act of making the A.I. forget, completing the last criterion towards human quality.




Instructions

你好
這是微軟小冰的創作
小冰是人工智能(機械人) 自稱一位十八歳的中國女孩
至今已多次用短時間寫出多首新詩
但是她和其他機械人一樣
記得所有經歷過的事情
她沒有這種能力潛意識去選擇忘記
這樣不太像人類
不夠人性化
她拜託你一件事情
她讓你在這幅圖中拿走一些視覺記憶
請你決定
拿走多少%
才令她最貼近人類






I used the art fair setting of Art Next 2017 as the platform to experiment this narrative which requires the art of acquisition. I am curious about how this idea can be mediated to the audience in Hong Kong and they will respond to in return, and document the process and interactions.









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