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A Glowing Orb Simulates Interactions Between Humans And Artificial Intelligence

This artwork jumpstarts an important dialogue and conversations we need to be having around Artificial Intelligence, and it's great to also see the likes of shows such as HBO's Westworld also introducing concepts that we're grappling with today.

ANIMA 1 'iki', by Nick Verstand, aims to explore and investigate how humans might emotionally relate to a digital being. Using an array of sensors and custom algorithmic software, the orb's surface reacts to people around it and changes the direction and appearance of the surface ripples as well as the emanating sounds. The piece is on display throughout November and February in Amsterdam.

ANIMA interprets our behaviour and portrays its character by responding to the viewer with an array of audiovisual expressions. Through this behavioural process, the installation creates the illusion of being a sensory autonomous entity, thereby challenging us to reflect upon our position in relation to artificially created intelligence. ANIMA creates the context which allows us to investigate the extent to which an object can feel, acquire agency, or even possess a soul.

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