“Hypnotic AI” presented by Jasielski and Malinowska


Session Title:

  • Sound, Data and AI

Presentation Title:

  • Hypnotic AI




  • “Hypnotic AI” is an experiment exploring the idea of the “artificial unconscious”. Based on a number of hypnotic protocols, it rehearses and represents a computer in a hypnotic state to hint on the possibility of artificial altered consciousness. The system’s responses – contingent in nature – challenge the human idea of mind, thinking and consciousness, as well as inform about the existence of what we may think of as “the artificial unconscious”.

    The visualization of the state of mind is based on the processes that take place in the software under the influence of the hypnosis protocol that we’ve prepared. Commands, such as ‘relax,’ ‘go deeper into calmness’ lead to visible changes in the virtual object. Due to the received messages, the solid figure flows through dimensions over time.

    The viewers’ experience is designed to remind them of a therapeutic, comfortable setting. He or she receives an instruction including a script to conduct the hypnotization session, with a protocol adapted to the software of our subject.
    According to the given instructions, the viewer expresses hypnotic protocol commands changing the state of the AI’s mind. This dislocates chosen points of mind geometry in unpredictable ways and the whole system reconfigures. The system reacts also on the viewer voice itself producing individual reactions for each person. When the session is over, the system dynamically returns to the initial state, ready for the next viewer.

    The research on the machine’s “consciousness” subjected to hypnosis goes beyond the dimensions of human senses. AI subjected to hypnosis creates a simulation influenced by its executive functions. In reference to the quantum theory of mind, it takes the form of a mathematical multi-dimensional, virtual object. In order to achieve interpretation of the processes that happened during the session, these multi-dimensional elements are translated to two-dimensional display.