Better Not Tell You Now is an online generative video presented for the first time at Link Cabinet. Using machine learning technology the artists trained an artifical intelligence with a database of forty thousand messages from Reddit, the renowned social news aggregator and discussion website. Going through subreddits like Conspiracy, Philosophy and Futurology, the artists selected messages and discussions focused mainly on Artificial Intelligence and Singularity. [...] The images displayed on the backgorund are loaded in real-time, searched for keywords related to the text.
The final result looks criptic and sometimes disturbing and well reflects the absurdity of the process the artists created: to entrust an artificial intelligence with the duty to imagine, foresee and explain future possibile scenarios about the relationship between men, developments in technology and power. The project questions not only the narrations around conspiracy theories and futurology, but also the limits of artificial intelligence itself and its ability to develop original and critical thinking. (Matteo Cremonesi)