Milou Backx – Artificial Dumbness
HKU | Image and Media Technology

We have grown accustomed to the close relationship between humans and technology. Our smart devices collect enormous quantities of data about our behaviour: artificial intelligence, deep learning and algorithms process and analyse all this information. More and more, individuals give up control of their lives.

In Artificial Dumbness, Milou Backx used a series of prototyped devices to intervene in her life. She sacrificed her vote during elections, ate what a machine told her to eat for five days straight and let a device determine her smoking behaviour. By submitting to these rigorous experiments, Backx examined the costs and effects, for her behaviour, emotions and self-worth, of surrendering decision-making responsibility to an external technological system.

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