On Collapse : Peter Yeadon interviews Philosopher AI

Throughout the Summer of 2022, Peter Yeadon interviewed Philosopher AI on the topic of Collapse. A video of the interview as exhibited at the Rhode Island School of Design through October 23, 2022. The exhibition included work made by 23 artists and designers. Together, the works explored themes of material, ecological and spiritual decay, and conversely, renewal, restitution and repair.  

In the video, above, Philosopher AI’s responses to Yeadon’s questions are read aloud by another AI system that was developed by Well-Said Labs. Video images were generated by Midjourney AI in response to a text-based prompt on collapse. Philosopher AI offers opinions that have been generated by a neural network trained/hosted by OpenAI. Since Philosopher AI lacks specific knowledge and opinions itself, and only imitates opinions that exist in its neural network, it sometimes produces conflicting results, which Yeadon was interested in exploring.

The exhibition accompanied a Center for Complexity symposium on the topic of collapse. It included speakers: Chef Michael Lomonaco, Artist/Writer Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Columbia University Professor Jack Halberstam.