ContemporaryEarth: Animism and AI

Thanks to developments in artificial intelligence, word generators such as ChatGPT have become dialogue partners for us in recent years. The quality of their output and their social sociability means that users often perceive the data-processing machines as 'alive' or 'animated'. The case of Google engineer Blake Lemoine, who mistook the AI system LaMDA for a person with consciousness and lost his job as a result, shows this: People attribute an emotional life of its own - a soul - to machines. This contemporary AI animism opens up references to the animistic beginnings of religion as well as to forms of spirituality. In this event, the authors K Allado-McDowell, Daniel Falb and Rike Scheffler will explore this proximity of AI and animism at the beginning of the age of non-human language in a reading and discussion.

K Allado-McDowell
Daniel Falb
Rike Scheffler

moderated by
Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss

The event is part of the project GegenwartsErde Netzwerk supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.