Here’s a Machine, Learning

[embedded content]Artificial intelligence, or machine learning, is a black box. Even those who work in the field argue over what makes a machine artificially intelligent, and what is simply the execution of an elaborate set of instructions. Jakob Werner, a 22-year-old animator and visual design student in Germany, decided to interpret the idea of machine learning a bit more literally “in order to create a sarcastic view at our society and into the future.” The result is a wooden automaton that appears to “read” by holding a book, moving its eyes as if scanning the words, and then flipping the page. “The secret behind machine learning,” he wrote in the video’s description. “This is how machines collect data.” Werner’s artist statement shows he’s thought deeply about this topic, even though…


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