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6 December, 14:00 CET

Workshop: Meet Your Stochastic Sloth

A number of newspapers are currently negotiating with Open AI to license the use of their articles. Their news stories have been used for years to train services like ChatGPT, as AI tools like these need a lot of input “to learn” how to formulate language. But how does an AI chatbot actually learn? A lot of them are based on Large Language Models (LLMs) that some researchers have labelled “Stochastic Parrots”, with the algorithm using randomisation to merely remix existing human-authored sentences.

What if we challenge the Stochastic Parrot with its fictional nemesis, the “Stochastic Sloth”? This practice-based workshop proposes a more intriguing way to approach the rapidly changing technology of LLMs. Together with artist and researcher Martijn van Boven, we will dive into the use of artificial language as an artistic toolset. But first we will look briefly into the history of similar technological breakthroughs, such as electronic music, computational poetry, and digital arts, and discuss the applications of LLMs, such as GPT-4, and the current possibilities within the creation of digitally native art. You will work in a small group on a hands-on technique or methodology closely related to AI as an artistic tool. Join us to broaden your own practice with experimental approaches to co-creating with AI.

We encourage participants to join from a wide-range of artistic backgrounds, who are already incorporating or thinking about incorporating these tools into their practice. Basic programming knowledge and experience with tools such as DALL·E, Stable Diffusion, and ChatGPT are a bonus, but not required to take part.

This workshop is for a maximum of 20 participants. ☕ Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day. 🍪

In tandem with this workshop The Hmm is also organising the live radioshow “Ask Us Anything: Hotline on AI Advice” in the evening. A panel of experts will answer a number of burning questions on AI by callers via our hotline. Find more info here.

🗓 Date: Wednesday 6 December
🕢 Time: 2:00PM – 6:00PM CET
📍 Location: The Hmm Studio, NDSM plein 125, 1033 WC Amsterdam
🎟 Tickets: €30 regular tickets / €20 discount tickets for students, artists and other self-employed individuals

💜 This event is kindly supported by the Creative Industry Fund and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.


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