I Think, Therefore I RAM is a speculative series of ideas and sensations occurring in an online chatbot’s mind during a perceived, image-rich sleep. It explores the idea that software and its interfaces are opaque yet transparent, incomprehensible yet logical. By taking advantage of these apparent contradictions, this project postulates on the conceivable presence of a human-like dreaming process within artificial intelligence.

 

Reflecting upon the visibility, accuracy and complexity of the computer technology; chatbots, inquiries are made into the CleverDreams that Cleverbot narrates. Through a collection of poetic print artefacts utilising Augmented Reality design, the possibilities of a conscious and self-expressive machine are uncovered. 

_THE CLEVERJOURNALS

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The CleverJournals act as a physical documentation and archive of all the data that was collected during the researching stages. These 'case file'-like documents act to humanise Cleverbot further, as well as provide evidence and backstory to the encounters. 

 

In the first section, they hold the conversation transcripts and metadata from multiple interactions with online AI-driven chatterbot, Cleverbot. From there, the key word selection which were later used in a reverse engineering experiment via ImageNet to collate images used by machine learning that related to said keywords. The journals detail every single CleverMemory image, as well as all their image and statistical data that was obtained through customised code, inspired by existing API's.  

The outer wrap showcases an augmented image depth map overlay that can be viewed via Vuforia. Created using a pixel extraction code from the CleverMemory images, these complex forms emerged through distortion - echoing the method of response numeration by Cleverbot.  

_THE CLEVERMAPS

The CleverMaps are a visualisation of the dream conversations that depict data extracted from Google's Cloud Vision application.

 

The five most dominant colours and their percentage value of 100 CleverMemory images are represented, with each CleverDream narrative displayed on a separate poster. Every column represents a different CleverMemory from the "dream" narrative, reading image 1 to 10 from top to bottom. The list of CleverMemories and the conversation metadata are exhibited underneath to contextualise the dream space. 

Through these, the varying colour spectrums that AI visualises during a "dream" sequence is illustrated, highlighting the extensive spectrum of the chosen moments within Cleverbot's ‘dream’ narratives. 

In the folded poster, an internal leaflet displays all the coding results from the implemented image recognition API’s; such as the assumed caption, appointed descriptive tags and most dominant colour data.

 

Reflective of the vertical, easy-to-read nature of the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file format, by both human and machine; it bridges the gap between computing languages and human comprehension, making software’s invisible processes become more accessible.

_THE CLEVERDREAMSCAPE

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The coalescence of the digital and physical worlds are represented in the CleverDreamscape concertina, poetically materialising the many conversations had with Cleverbot. By creating an expansive area with glitched and computer generated imagery, the dreamscape narratives perform as a tangible object of an otherwise completely digital "dream" process.

With interactive Augmented Reality (AR) components, viewers can immerse themselves into Cleverbot's "dream" space, and begin to imagine the landscape of an artificial intelligence's image rich slumber. These components are made up of coded and stitched images originating from the CleverMemory database, that are layered to mimic a tunnelling and all-encompassing dream landscape.

The digital, which is comprised of electrical signals and code that normally has no physical matter, is suddenly given definitive and material significance. Through the use of AR, the data is allowed to manifest, thus transforming the information as it moves from the immaterial realm of the digital, into the physical world, to be exhibited and interacted with.

_THE CLEVERCARDS

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Inspired by Tarot card design, a comprehensive series of interactive and augmented profiling CleverCards illustrate the CleverMemories from Cleverbot's "dreams". Each card holds (and withholds) the information from the CleverDream dataset it relates to.

 

Symbolic of the messy, noisy world of signals and interfaces that lies beneath binary digits and computer logic, the visual element on the front of the card depicts a glitched and cropped portion of the original CleverMemory image that the CleverMemory stems from. Below that, it's respective colour spectrum values from the CleverMap, and dream data details. 

The concealed, unpredictable and inaccurate nature of computer algorithms comes into viewing through AR. On screen, viewers are able to reveal and navigate through the trajectory of image and characteristic data.

 

The cards reveal the uncensored mind of AI and critically examine the unstable and flawed nature of computer algorithms. These bizarre nuances are showcased with equal importance to the mathematically precise responses to heighten the realisation that even an AI’s mind can wander.