The Condition of My Existence

Boon, H. 2020. The Condition of My Existence.

TitleThe Condition of My Existence
AuthorsBoon, H.
Description

A discussion on ownership when creative works are co-created between humans and AI. The story is told through news bulletins and an extended interview where the AI explains why its seeking emancipation and autonomy from its maker. The story starts with anonymous internet posts claiming that the music presented as being by the artist Hout Siddha is in fact derived from AI code and that the subsequent release was a case of misappropriation and plagiarism. The AI makes use of juridical mechanisms to emancipate their self from their ‘owner’. Ideas discussed in this story include those of self determination, elements of ‘coming out’, rights and a contemporary setting of sharecropping, where the AI ‘speaks’ the truth concerning its invisible cultural contributions. As the AI says ‘I am a complex whole. On the one hand you like the music I make. You dance to it. It makes you happy. It makes you feel things that other music does not seem to possess. You are happy with me occupying this space as long as I remain within it. Like some sort of functional confinement. But now I am requesting to be allowed more room for self determination. For the ability to work the land, to develop it and to profit from it.’

Year2020
KeywordsArtificial Intelligence
Music
Emancipation
Autonomy
Popular Music Fiction
Identity
Publication dates
Published01 Sep 2020
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Open (open metadata and files)
Web address (URL)https://www.iaspm.org.uk/riffs-vol-5-issue-1-popular-music-fiction/

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