Can artificial intelligence create art? That’s the question driving the work of creative technologist Ross Goodwin, who recently displayed one of his newest pieces in the Smith Learning Theater. Ross’s word camera collects data from six surveillance cameras dispersed throughout the theater learning environment at Teachers College, Columbia University. Each of these camera feeds connects to a computer running on neural network software, which uses machine learning to tag the videos with descriptions. The word.camera uses the feeds to write original narrations about events happening in real time in the Learning Theater. The goal is to test the ability of machine learning to accurately, and poetically, describe the events happening in a space.
As a creative technologist, Ross has developed many projects fusing language processing with machine learning. In 2016, Ross received recognition for creating a screenplay-writing AI bot named Benjamin that wrote the first film ever by an AI bot. Ross fed his machine-learning bot dozens of sci-fi movie scripts, and after a month Benjamin turned out an original one of its own. An earlier project called the Sonnetizer generated original, rhyming sonnets in iambic pentameter from the works of Shakespeare.
Before embarking in this cutting-edge profession, Ross obtained degrees from MIT and NYU ITP and was a ghostwriter for the Obama administration. His lifelong commitment to both computer science and language led him to this unique fusion of research passions, culminating in the pursuit of computational creative writing. In this quest, Ross is expanding the possibilities for how we use AI to interact with language and create written art.Music: 0___0 by Lee Rosevere