The worldwide web has changed everything.
Since we humans are all connected digitally, it has become clear to some, that opinion-forming and propaganda can be easily controlled by algorithms – in some cases artificial intelligence. At the same time, the question of what the ‘real truth’ is is increasingly coming to light.
Blackbox was therefore conceived as a print project that metaphorically opens the actual black box of artificial intelligence and questions our own media competence. Entirely under the philosophical question of truth/lie and closely connected to the events during the Trump presidency, Blackbox presents the user with three interrelated folders – the input, the model, and the output. While the input contains general methods of artificial intelligence, building a frame for the whole project, and the output presents a solution as well as reconnaissance on the dangers and possibilities, the model folder contains 100 tweets of Donald J. Trump printed on foil. However, 50 of these tweets were not written by Trump himself, but by GTP-2 – a text-generation AI in the style of the president. With each tweet, the recipient is thus faced with the task of finding out for himself whether a human or a machine is communicating with him and what truth is. The whole concept, therefore, revolves around user-, or self-experience of discovery and awareness in this digital age. Choosing an analog medium even further underlines the power of the digital and stands in opposition to our identity, conception, and cognizance within the world-wide-web.