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Words That Remake The World «The Seeker»


The Seeker is a machine entity,a Demiurge AI, which travels the globe virtually. It looks out onto our world and describes its visions. The Seeker exists within the hardware/software matrix of the internet and its eyes are the swarms of surveillance cameras that encrust our world.

A re-versioning of Ptah-Seker, the artist/technologist god of the Ancient Egyptians who created the world by speaking the words to describe it, The Seeker explores the growing ability of machines to analyse and classify their visual input and so define the world anew.

The Seeker was a three year machine performance, driven by a data collection and analysis software pipeline created by Thompson. It travelled around the internet for three years, collecting snapshots of the world and using Machine Learning systems to produce tens of thousands of descriptions of these visions. The giant drawing “Words That Remake The World” is a topographical mapping of the objects and concepts the system identified: a point-in-time exploration of an AI's developing conceptual landscape.

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