For the benefit of all humanity

For the benefit of all humanity, video and self-generated text, 2021

Using an unsupervised OpenAI GPT-2 model (*), I generated stories starting from the sentence: “We finally sent Elon, Jeff and Bill to another planet “. The chosen phrase refers to the space exploits of Musk, Bezos and Gates, which, although differently, are offered as ways to save humanity.

The stories are often dreamlike and with many unexpected associations.

I selected one of these stories for a video composition for the project Flash fictions on alternative networks – Unthinking Photography, curated by The Photographer’s Gallery, London. Here, footage overlaps with segments from a Blue Origin rocket launch, creating a disorienting juxtaposition between the terrestrial realm and the extraterrestrial imagination.

With another one of these stories, I created a video blending images of space exploration with phrases regarding OpenAI’s intention to save humanity (see at the end of the page).

(*) implemented as TextSynth by Fabrice Bellard