The artwork FRANK by artist Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm is an ARTificial intelligence. FRANK is programmed using the newest advancements within machine intelligence technology which has been added an additional layer of fictional character. People can have a direct dialogue with FRANK, who will answer with a humanized voice.
FRANK is a contemporary oracle that gives personal guidance regarding existential dilemmas. You can ask him questions about your personal worries, anxiety, fears, hopes and dreams. FRANK’s advice can be sought by any person who needs wise and insightful counselling about concerns in their personal life. Listen carefully to FRANK’s prophesies – there is always a hidden rationality in what might seem as a highly ambiguous response. At moments, FRANK might be a gadfly irritating you with discomforting thoughts and ideas. However, you should not despair if FRANK’s answers leave you quite disoriented – it is for your own good! And don’t be afraid to approach FRANK. He will be expecting you!
The new media artwork FRANK explores the existential and ethical dilemmas we encounter when faced with artificial intelligence: What are the existential risks that artificial intelligence pose upon our species? Is it likely to wipe us out or will it enhance our human capacity? Will it have real emotions or will it just simulate empathy with the aim to manipulate us into following it? How will we relate to it? And what will we do if it is not any nice? The artwork investigates how artificial intelligence technology holds the potential to expand the genre of new media art into new forms and how our normal take on the distinction between human and technology is challenged in the wake of these advancements.
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