ZERO LIKES

This project is an exploration of the aesthetics of the neglected content which defines the negative space of the internet. I trained an AI to create images in response to over 100,000 Instagram posts that received zero likes. What is the texture of this forgotten content? How would the machine represent this kind of 'nothingness'? The purpose of this project was to open up a dialogue with networked machine intelligence and determine how far can it go in responding to abstract, human questions.

The project exists in its current form as an art bot. At this stage, I have combined a range of different AI models trained on zero likes content, as well as a modified image captioning model to perform a 'machinic Rorschach test' on the images. The result is an automated, organic creature operating in a popular social network.
@ZERO_LIKES

SELECTED PRESS
Creators Project Interview (2017)
Prosthetic Knowledge (2017)

PRELIMINARY STUDY
The tool below was created to study the results of the first experiment with the zero likes data set with DCGAN - a deep learning algorithm.

(It might need some time to load.)