Opening Thursday, March 29th, from 4PM - 6PM
On view through Friday, April 20th
John Searle’s Chinese Room thought experiment proposes that a program cannot give a computer a “mind” no matter how human-like the program may cause the computer to behave. And yet, we often consider manifestations of artificial intelligence as more than just the tools they were designed to be, but as autonomous, conscious entities in their own right. Playing Chess in the Chinese Room presents works by Alan Perry (MFA 2019) and Doug Rosman (MFA 2019) that explore the permeable boundary between these non-static identities of Artificial Intelligence: the notion of AI as entity, in a machine designed to beat a chess grandmaster; and AI as tool, a black box meant to facilitate efficient communication between humans.