How does it feel to be an augmented human?
– Questions of identity in a future of synthetic realities.
Hidden Layer by FIELD. Experimental Short Film, 02:54min, UK 2018
When our everyday decision-making is closely intertwined with artificial intelligence systems – personal assistants and neural networks filtering the information we access and the content we consume, weighing up probabilities and managing our time – how does that affect how we feel as human beings?
“In the near future, such systems could infer our will and rapidly manifest it without our direct input. Responsive not just to your general preferences but to your shifting emotional states and fleeting desires.”
– Prof. Robert C. Wolcott in Forbes Magazine, August 2017
When human + artificial intelligence blend into an augmented self… what happens when the systems that we have become one with, collapse?
About the Title
In an artificial neural network, the Hidden Layer is where the main computation is performed, but it has no direct connection with the outside world.
Deep Learning algorithms change and evolve dynamically based on the data that’s input into the algorithms, and are therefore to a certain extent autonomous, unpredictable, and inscrutable in their decision-making.