Doctoral studies

Ignas Pavliukevičius

Creative part "Sentient machines in art: Relationship with digital beings and new kinds of intimacy". Supervisor prof. Žilvinas Lilas

Theoretical part "Sentient machines in art". Supervisor prof. dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, uncertainty, simulation, artificial sentient being, self evolving art.

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The possibilities of applying artificial intelligence are a widely and frequently discussed topic. Several dominant trends examine how artificial intelligence technology will materialise in the global economy, in law, or in human relations in the future. The positive effects of this technology on society, such as the use of AI for more accurate medical diagnoses, safer road traffic, earthquake prediction, are indisputable manifestations of technological development and the improvement of people's lives.

There are also consequences to the use of AI technologies, such as the ability to take over people’s jobs by automating their workplaces or tracking people in public spaces, social manipulation, or fake news. Throughout the abundance of information, many different opinions exist and more opinions are inexorably emerging about the opportunities, challenges, and effects of these technologies for man in the future. One of the effects is a growing sense of insecurity and uncertainty. Which is strengthened even more by the idea of a new kind of creating artificial sentient beings.

As a result, we are in a period when the old social order is collapsing and a new one is not yet in place. This indicates a disorienting, full moment of uncertainty, where old ideologies leave us and are replaced by new, more intelligent AI technologies. The problem is how to create a connection between artificial intelligence and society, which allows humanity to feel relief in connection with the unknown, and thus train the feeling of confusion, anxiety caused by the relentless change and the creation of a new intelligent life.

In the study, I examine how AI and its simulations can be used in a work of art to simulate and exercise the emotional connection between the artificial sentient entity and the viewer. Therefore what that emotional connection be and what kind of new intimacy it would create between the viewer and the work of art. To examine that delve into the current transient, indefinite, emerging reality through a simulation microscope by creating computer simulations using the latest technologies of machine learning, in which the main characters are actors with various forms of artificial intelligence live and evolve during the life of work of art.