Herzog and Žižek change into uncanny AI bots trapped in countless dialog

AI-generated portraits of Werner Herzog and Slavoj Žižek from The Infinite Conversation

Enlarge / AI-generated portraits of Slavoj Žižek and Werner Herzog from The Infinite Dialog. (credit score: Giacomo Miceli / Ars Technica)

This week, an Italian artist and programmer named Giacomo Miceli debuted The Infinite Dialog web site, an AI-powered nonstop chat between synthetic variations of German director Werner Herzog and Slovenian thinker Slavoj Žižek, full with reasonable voices.

Upon visiting the location—which is unaffiliated with both individual—you will see AI-generated charcoal portraits of the 2 males in profile. Between them, a transcript of AI-generated textual content is highlighted in yellow as AI-generated voices simulating these of Herzog or Žižek learn by means of it. The dialog goes forwards and backwards between them, full with distinct accents, and you may skip between every phase by clicking the arrows beneath the portraits.

Its creator positions the location as social commentary on audio deepfakes and upcoming applied sciences that will undermine belief in media within the close to future. “This undertaking goals to boost consciousness concerning the ease of utilizing instruments for synthesizing an actual voice,” Miceli writes on the location. “Proper now, any motivated idiot can do that with a laptop computer of their bed room.”

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