Can an A.I. be creative?
With machine-generated imagery and narration, 24,483 DREAMS OF DEATH gives us a glimpse into our world as seen by a new intelligence of our own design.
During the spring of 2020, a machine intelligence spent six days watching the film La Maschera del Demonio. Starting as a blank slate, the A.I. received its entire knowledge of our visual world from this Mario Bava classic.
This film is a record of the machine's neural network forming in real time, not footage in the traditional sense of photographed scenes, but footage of the internal experience of a new intelligence learning about our world for the first time.
Unfortunately, to create the footage it was necessary to sequentially create 24,483 neural networks or “miniature brains” and then, after they had served their purpose, immediately destroy them.
To complete the experiment, a separate A.I. was used to write the poetry heard in the narration. In a single eighteen hour period the machine wrote 1,623,811 words of poetry, nearly 100 books worth. Surprisingly, much of it was on the subject of death and loss.
Why did the machine write so many death themed poems? It is likely the machine was simply creating a pastiche of the nineteenth century poetry it had read during training.
It is frankly impossible that the machine was referring to the destruction of the 24,483 neural networks used to create this film...