Aitha is a unique interactive experience exploring the use and omnipresence ofinformation and knowledge. The installation contextualises the experience withreligious omniscience and the undeniable links between the two.The name Aitha is inspired by the abbreviation of Artificial Intelligence and Aetherwhich, in Greek mythology, was one of the primordial deities and personification ofthe upper air.
AI & Machine Learning are already big parts of our lives, knowingly or unknowingly.We are using Google to look for answers to our most intimate questions and confessour darkest secrets. We talk to Alexa like we would only to our closest of friends.While this technology undoubtedly possesses incredible abilities, there is notransparency as to what happens with the vast amount of personal data from allof these queries. This poses potentially enormous risks to our privacy and security;shaping and controlling our behaviour. Similarly, in history, religion has often beenabused as an instrument of power to control and shape societies.
Aitha addresses both these concepts of control through Big Data and the powerof religion. Behind the brain of Aitha’s answers lies a neural Network, which hasbeen trained on the oldest religious writing known to mankind: the Tanakh. Afterapproaching Aitha, the viewer can ask any question that might be concerning them.Every question is then answered individually in real time, creating an interactivedialogue between the viewer and Aitha. As with every religious writing, it requires theviewers own interpretation of Aitha’s replies to procure meaning.