Remember the game Chinese Whispers? A message is murmured from ear to ear in a circle and the last player announces the surprising result which is often far from the original sentence. Now imagine a world where an Artificial Intelligence joins the game, machine ears and robot voices pass on a message between themselves. Like the original game, inevitable errors will still occur, creating word chimeras, resulting in absurd sentences only a robot could have created. Using IBM’s Watson technology, Digital Whispers performs natural voice synthesis and voice recognition algorithms on seven computers that replaces the humans in this game. To begin the game you must complete the circle and tell them your first sentence.
Digital Whispers is an installation that sets seven computers and one human in to a game of Chinese Whispers. Each computer can hear and talk. It whispers to its neighbour the sentence as it comes into its “ears”. Errors evolves involuntary (or not), creating word chimeras, often resulting in absurd (or not) sentences only a robot could have created.