The Critical AI Manifesto

  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Boris Debackere, Steven Devleminck, and Jerry Galle, The Critical AI Manifesto


Session Title:

  • Living with Machines (AI)

Presentation Title:

  • The Critical AI Manifesto




  • All trade and business are slot machine readable, even more so after the advent of our social algorithms. Rewards of manipulation are easier to gather then to predict a reliable outcome. Drawing from the brain behavior-designers businesses, again, they must expand!
    — AI, trained with, [2018-11-9T11:18:23+00:00]

    Like any other activity nowadays also the creative practice converges with the realm of artificial intelligence. Assisting the act of creation by deploying AI is rapidly evolving into a common practice. If artists are to look beyond the “awe of implementation” to determine AI’s methods of influence and their specific effects then we need rules of engagement with those agents.

    This document serves as a framework for the creation of a Critical AI Manifesto. It aims to scrutinise and subvert the technopolitical infrastructures of AI networks in order to spur more imaginative and critical dialogues regarding artificial intelligence’s impact and governance within the creative practices.