The Condition of My Existence

Boon, H. 2021. The Condition of My Existence. Riffs Journal. https://doi.org/10.34737/v4y82

TitleThe Condition of My Existence
AuthorsBoon, H.
Description

A slightly tongue in cheek meditation on who owns what, when creative works are mediated by humans and their AI interventions. The story is told through a series of news bulletins followed by an interview with an AI seeking emancipation and autonomy from its maker. The story starts with anonymous internet posts claiming that the music derived using the AI musical code was in fact misappropriated and plagiarised. The AI makes use of juridical mechanisms to emancipate their self from their putative ‘owner’. This story touches upon ideas of self determination, discussed within the context of a fictious broadcast interview with anti-AI protesters outside the radio station. Framed as an allegory using a variety of discussions around rights, voice, representation, freedom and denial of identity. The AI is used as a vehicle to speak the truth that many artists face in respect of the ownership of their works and contractual obligations. However, it should also be noted that the maker, whose presence is referred to but has no direct part within this story, is a confidence trickster. So one can never be sure whether the AI is real or merely a ‘bright’ human impersonation.

Year2021
Output mediaShort Story
KeywordsArtificial Intelligence
Music
Emancipation
Autonomy
Popular Music Fiction
Identity
PublisherRiffs Journal
Publication dates
Published12 Aug 2021
ISSN2513-8537
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.34737/v4y82
Web address (URL)https://riffsjournal.org/2021/08/11/hussein-boon-the-condition-of-my-existence/

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