GOD MODE (ep. 1) is an interactive audiovisual performance set in a real-time 3D simulation running on a video game engine. The simulation is a replica of state of the art simulations increasingly used to train deep-learning computer vision systems for real world tasks.

    In GOD MODE (ep. 1), an AI destined for deployment in a cashierless store is training to recognise items on shelves as it delivers a monologue co-written with language model GPT-3. Throughout the performance, the AI grows frustrated with the difficulty of its training until it finds a bug to exploit in order to cheat its way out of the simulation.

    Featuring live music by artist HERO IMAGE, and facial motion capture and voice modulation to animate the AI on screen, the performance presents viewers with one possible kind of intelligence that may emerge from the complex process of simulating the real world, and the perspectives it may inherit. Aspects of common training method used in these types of simulations are here turned into game mechanics that let the audience modify the 3D environment via phone, welcoming interaction as a means to explore the characteristics and test the limitations of this process.

    GOD MODE (ep. 1) is the first episode in the GOD MODE series and it is supported by the UK's Alan Turing Institute and Serpentine Galleries' Arts Technologies programme.

    1. GOD MODE (ep. 1) is an interactive audiovisual performance set in a real-time 3D simulation running on a video game engine. The simulation is a replica of state of the art simulations increasingly used to train deep-learning computer vision systems for real world tasks.

      In GOD MODE (ep. 1), an AI destined for deployment in a cashierless store is training to recognise items on shelves as it delivers a monologue co-written with language model GPT-3. Throughout the performance, the AI grows frustrated with the difficulty of its training until it finds a bug to exploit in order to cheat its way out of the simulation.

      Featuring live music by artist HERO IMAGE, and facial motion capture and voice modulation to animate the AI on screen, the performance presents viewers with one possible kind of intelligence that may emerge from the complex process of simulating the real world, and the perspectives it may inherit. Aspects of common training method used in these types of simulations are here turned into game mechanics that let the audience modify the 3D environment via phone, welcoming interaction as a means to explore the characteristics and test the limitations of this process.

      GOD MODE (ep. 1) is the first episode in the GOD MODE series and it is supported by the UK's Alan Turing Institute and Serpentine Galleries' Arts Technologies programme.

    2022

    GOD MODE (ep. 1)

    GOD MODE (ep. 1)
    SERPENTINE, london
    .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... A performance exploring simulation & AI training, live music by HERO IMAGE
    IMPAKT FESTIVAL
    HET HUIS, utrecht
    UNSOUND BUBBLES
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