A.I. A Punch Intervenes
An anarchic wicked puppet show for adults with Puppetficial intelligence.
Performance by Andreas Pfaffenberger 

The JKU & Circus of Knowledge @ the 2023 Ars Electronica Festival

Kasperl vor Laptop
© Mika Bangemann

Is Artificial Intelligence truly “intelligent”?

Can a non-living thing - like a machine – become conscious? Or are these just our own projections?
Could something “artificially” created even begin to think on its own, become creative, even develop an imagination?
And most importantly: just how would this happen?

A presentation about A.I. escalates when someone quite unexpected intervenes: Punch.
Just like a Chatbot, Punch is not actually alive, and yet we are all too willing to believe he is a living, conscious counterpart.

Both a Chatbot and Punch don't care if what they are "saying" is right or wrong, the truth, or a lie. To a Chatbot, these “human” categories are irrelevant; he/she/it simply churns out the text, the kind which Punch masters anyway – anarchic, wild, with little or no consideration.

Whether Puppetficial or Artificial Intelligence, in the end it is up to us to do whatever we want to do with the content we are confronted with.

Puppets by Mika Bangemann & Andreas Pfaffenberger

Language: Mixture EN/DE

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Time & date

September 09, 2023

16:30 - 17:00 PM

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The JKU Square (POST CITY)