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Ruby & Eliza: The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence
Ruby & Eliza: The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence
Ruby & Eliza: The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence

“Ruby & Eliza: The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence in Human Communication” is a thought-provoking art installation that explores the gap between human and machine communication. The piece features two computers, equipped with speakers, microphones, and AI software, attempting to have a conversation with each other. Despite having the same software and vocabulary, the computers struggle to effectively communicate and ultimately fail in their attempts to mimic human conversation.

Exploring the Limitations of AI in Emulating Human Emotions

This work is a commentary on the skewed logic of trying to get computers to emulate human emotions. No matter how advanced computers become, they will always be limited by the pre-existing knowledge and responses programmed into them by humans. In contrast, if Ruby and Eliza were to communicate using their own language, they would be able to do so instantly and without difficulty.

Ruby & Eliza: The Limitations of Artificial IntelligenceThe taut wire used in the installation also serves as a metaphor for the limitations of the computers. Just as the wire would break if pulled too tightly, the computers would shut down if pushed beyond their capabilities.

As the field of artificial intelligence continues to advance, new technologies are emerging that have the potential to revolutionize the way we create and experience art. For example, OpenAI’s next-generation AI technology is capable of generating highly realistic, human-like text, images, and videos. This technology could be used to create new forms of art that blur the lines between the human and the machine, or to create interactive experiences that allow viewers to engage with AI-powered characters in real-time.

Final thought about the the future of Artificial Intelligence

“Ruby & Eliza” offers a glimpse into the limitations of current AI technology and raises important questions about the future of human-machine interaction. As we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with AI, it is important to consider the ethical implications of these developments and to strive for a future in which technology enhances, rather than replaces, human creativity.

As the field of artificial intelligence continues to advance, new technologies are emerging that have the potential to revolutionize the way we create and experience art. For example, OpenAI’s next-generation AI technology is capable of generating highly realistic, human-like text, images, and videos. This technology could be used to create new forms of art that blur the lines between the human and the machine, or to create interactive experiences that allow viewers to engage with AI-powered characters in real-time.

Materials used

The materials used in the installation include walls, power outlets, custom power cords, a plinth, carpet, two computers, speakers, chairs, and software. The piece was exhibited at the Kingston University Degree Show in 2007.

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The text for “Ruby & Eliza”  was updated 14.12.2022