Latent Space - After Jeff Guess’ Bank of Nature
"Right now, discovering how and whith what an AI-generated image is created would be like having to find a book in the biggest library ever built by man, blindfolded, with a bunch of books mislabeled"
Based on Jeff Guess' Bank of Nature and through the new type of image classification used by such AIs, this all-black grid embodies this artificial neural system's invisibilization, called latent space. It is at the same time an alètheia (the unveiling of the categorizations used by putting them together in the same rectangle) and a lèthè (the very veiling of the later through the black-box figure). This is partly due to the corpus of images present in the datasets of AI models being infinitely larger and more diversified than that of image banks; despite the fact that the labeling of these images is not known to us, or to use Oliver Wendell Holmes' terms, the interrelation of form-print and word-print is neither explicit nor similar to that of humans.
Tetraspace, creator of the Shoggoth meme - an AI personification based on the figure created by H.P. Lovecraft ressembling a massive bloblike monster made out of iridescent black goo - explains that it “represents something that thinks in a way that humans don’t understand and that’s totally different from the way that humans think.The New York Times goes on to state that “today, if you hear mentions of the Shoggoth in the A.I. community, it may be a wink at the strangeness of these systems, the black-box nature of their processes, the way they seem to defy human logic.
Just like Anish Kapoor made the blackest black with exclusive rights to it and Stuart Semple having recreated it so that everyone can use it - like myself for this paint - the big corporations behind theses AIs need to be challenged by open source models that would allow transparency over the images used, their labeling, their copyright, and their interrelations.