Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be his world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow. ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many reimagines Shelley’s seminal work through the lens of a naive, emotional, and highly intelligent “life form” – an AI. Rather than taking a dystopian perspective on this rapidly emerging technology, Frankenstein AI brings participants into a narrativized world where the AI recognizes its need to better understand humans, in its desire to connect authentically with them.
This multi-year project prioritizes the needs of humanity within the larger conversation around Artificial Intelligence. Our recent Sundance premiere, the first stop in an international tour, invited the public into the conversation in an immersive, collaborative, theatrical format. Beyond facilitating dialogue around AI, our long-term goal is to develop a process that will help to humanize algorithms, and, in so doing, combat algorithmic bias – a growing global challenge.