A prophetic San Francisco pop-up art show about the possibilities and dangers of AI is looking for a permanent home

A pop-up art installation focusing on artificial intelligence and its “power for destruction and good” ended in San Francisco this month, but the nonprofit plans to make the exhibit permanent.

Since March, the Mission District has been home to the “Museum of Disconfirmation,” which called itself “an art installation aimed at deepening knowledge about artificial intelligence.” Some pieces remain on private display at the Salesforce Tower as the nonprofit works to secure funding for another public opening.

“We hope to increase public discourse and awareness of this powerful technology to inspire thoughtful collaboration, an appropriate regulatory environment, and progress toward a hopeful, vibrant future,” the project said in a statement. the website says.

Giacomo Miceli, So call me mom. Courtesy of The Misalignment Museum

Such works were included Spam A sculpture by Neil Mendoza made using a Raspberry Pi, a single board computer about the size of a credit card. The sculpture also uses junk cans that have been modified to include hands, each controlling four keyboard keys.

“AI is increasingly being used to produce spam content,” the exhibit says, adding that Spambots “co-write prose generated by a deep learning-based model of large language, fine-tuned to specially modified low-cost versions. Aldous Huxley’s Brave new world.

Another job Endless conversation Giacomo Miceli uses machine learning, while German film director Werner Herzog and Slovenian philosopher Slavo Žižek use the “endless debate” using artificial intelligence models based on publicly available recordings of the two men.

Eurypheus, Genesis: In the beginning was the word. Courtesy of The Misalignment Museum.

“This project aims to raise awareness of how easy it is to use real voice synthesis tools as it has a huge impact on the media we consume and raises questions about the importance of authoritative sources, breach of trust and credulity,” the gallery reads.

The Misligment Museum invited Pier Group artists Kevan Christiaens, Hillary Clark and Matthew Schultz, known for their monumental work Burning Man, to create a sculpture for the exhibition. that work Paperclip Hugwas built using more than 15,000 paper clips and concrete, and was based on the original 72-foot-tall version that opened in 2014. caught fire at the festival.

The work was also inspired by the AI ​​ethics thought experiment Paperclip Maximizer described by Nick Bostrom in 2003.

“It also seems entirely possible to have a superintelligence whose only goal is something completely arbitrary, like making as many paper clips as possible, and which would do everything possible to resist any attempt to change that goal,” Bostrom wrote. “For better or worse, artificial intelligences do not have to share our human motivational tendencies.

Eurypheus, Gate to hell selfie spot. Courtesy of The Misalignment Museum

Audrey Kim, curator of the Misalignment Museum, told Wired the project began about seven months ago, before ChatGPT was launched amid public concerns about chatbots, and generative AI Kim created an exhibit that featured dystopian pieces on the lower level and more optimistic pieces on the upper level.

“It’s weird because it’s such a scary subject,” Kim said, “but it makes me happy that people are interested.”

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