（2018-2020） Lov-Lov Project Jingjing Lin
Motivated by current political, social, and cultural circumstances, I intend to create an experimental, dramatic, absurd-yet-poetic project to provoke social awareness and responsibility. I want to address the personal and ethical issues that society will need to deal with once our every need and desire can be fulfilled perfectly using AI technology. The project will also focus on how intimacy and human interaction should be defined in such a society.
When our identities are increasingly shaped and presented in a digital forum, what are the long-term implications for our direct engagement with the world and others? What will be the role of humans?
From the headlines lately, it’s clear that automation technology—namely artificial intelligence (AI)—is routinely creating unique moral and ethical problems which are new to humankind. Whether it’s autopilot plane crashes, dubious algorithmic decision-making, autonomous drones, or the daily replacement of someone’s job with a piece of software, it’s clear that, as a society, we will have some reckoning to do if we will ever integrate these powerful technologies into a just and improved society.
The development of modern civilization provides us with a more efficient world, but at the same time it also gives birth to a kind of "non-living", which leads to excessive scientific worship and material consumption dependence. This is manifested in social structure and individual life even before AI technology reaches its potential, humanity runs the risk of abandoning its own potential; as a society, our selfishness and our inflexible obsession with fulfilling each and every desire could lead us to a developmental dead end.
Lov-Lov is an interdisciplinary work that includes videos, printed posters, a pharmacy installation, storefront, Lov-Lov book series, as well as a fully developed 2020 election campaign for an AI candidate will feature election speeches, campaign posters, videos and interview.
There will be 6 multi-disciplinary works of art which constitute Lov-Lov.
1) 6-Channel videos
Title : You Need to be Careful With me: I Fall in Love and I Fall in Love Forever
As we all know, hedge funds are using AI to beat the stock market, doctors are utilizing the machine to diagnose diseases more quickly and accurately. The new AI self-teaching and the self-operating system can outperform humans across a wide range of disciplines. The best chess players in the world are no longer human beings. What if the best lovers and life partners were also no longer human?
This video starts with a tempting commercial advertisement introducing a new AI lover to an eager audience. Using images and footage appropriated from movies with text overlays, it presents a dystopian world where direct human interactions can be replaced by ordering a personalized robot tailored to meet our intimacy and emotional needs, thus altering our fundamental beliefs about the role of humans in human society.
The physical appearance of these robots is no different from that of human beings. They will be fabricated to each customer’s exact desires and the robot’s inner character is created from an extremely comprehensive database of interests, personalities, and quirks; the datasets of internal and external characteristics include profiles of every living or deceased person known to human history. Customers can freely download any individual’s characters, appearance, voice, habits, memory, thinking ability, and moral perspective. The amazing accuracy and precision, like our ever-improving camera pixels, has been developed and implemented like never before. In the world of Lov-Lov, human beings can purchase their ideal emotional partner and romantic relationship in one simple financial transaction. In essence, they purchase the most evasive of human freedoms: freedom from other people, with their weaknesses, preferences, and—before Lov-Lov—uncompromising independence. Hence, at this point, humans are empowered as absolute individual dictators of their personal experiences, reality, and community. AI lovers allow anyone to escape the threat of insecurities and take full control over their own lives and interpersonal relationships. With this newfound power, human beings will be able to constantly adjust and reset their rights and needs thus maximizing self-occupation and their happiness.
In this imagined near future, any individual’s personality, unique consciousness, and wisdom can be converted into bits, downloaded, copied, rewritten, and then optimized in the form of a Lov-Lov robot. Once these customized, technology-driven relationships are widely accepted in society, not only will they completely eliminate people’s dependence on other human beings and interpersonal relationships, but subvert our definitions of identity, emotions, community, and morality. Paradoxically, the ultimate continual expansion of human’s desire for “taking” with diminishing interest in “giving” will eventually become a reality for everyone, a terrifying prospect we need to consider before it’s too late.
2) Lov-Lov advertisement Printed Posters
Title: Lov-Lov Shop Large-format Digital prints on canvas 63x40 inches
Today, our emotional makeup and our tapestry of needs are different from past generation. In fact, love is becoming increasingly selfish.Vanity and the drive for unrealistic appearances has already brought pain to many of us, and the modern conception of ‘identity’ is the enemy of critical thinking and true self-awareness. This new identity results in anxiety, uneasiness, fear of rejection, being judged, and a battery of other modern and increasingly prominent neuroses.
In Lov-Lov’s world, people live trouble free and fully pleased in their relationships as they socialize with intelligent, perceptive, cogent robots that satisfy all their needs for affiliation, intimacy and social integration.
Social needs and group dynamics will no longer be based on the requirements of a cooperative society, but on the individual’s selfish desires and goals. These enticing, provocative, and inflammatory advertising campaigns will exploit our selfish desires.
Regardless of the Lov-Lov robot’s customizability, socialization is and will remain a necessary element for people to judge the value of their own existence, identity, and position in society. Lov-Lov’s AI brains will incorporate these coordinates and desires into a completely manageable and closed system to achieve their customer’s social goals minus the pesky perturbances and uncontrollable dramas that arise from real human interaction.
In The Lov-Lov Shop, Customers will be able to customize their Lov-Lov robot down to precise details such as their robot’s socioeconomic class, cultural history, preferences, language, accent, age, temperament, appearance, styles of communication, interaction, level of dysfunctionality, and so on. Going beyond the purchase of a single lover and partner, customers can fabricate their ideal circle of friends, their degree of closeness/solicitousness, their sense of humor, concerns, interests, or sexual orientation.
The Lov-Lov shop will also host fabricated surprise birthday parties and other social functions with a near-guaranteed ability to make customers feel exactly the way they want to feel.
Aren’t these trends are already apparent in society?
Is Lov-Lov much different from our customized search results and news feeds?
Is Lov-Lov much different from our already disembodied relationship with the global village through social media and the internet?
What kind of world would it be if these trends were pushed to the extreme?
The disintegration of marriages, crisis of relationship and the implications make "Commitment" as a word get watered down. Are we less capable of love and relationship in our time than previous generations were?
Can human beings completely sever relationships with all other living beings and live freely and happily?
Would it matter to the future of humankind?
Unconditional Love and Companionship on Call 300 x 200cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
The Affection You Deserve 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
Emotionally and Spritually in Love 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
Better Than Winning the Lottery 160 x 100cm (63 x40 inches) Pigment print on canvas 2019
Sensitive to Your Needs 160 x 100cm (63 x40 inches) Pigment print on canvas 2019
With Every Challenge Comes Excitement 160 x 100cm (63 x40 inches) Pigment print on canvas 2019
Perfection is Attainable Here 160 x 100cm (63 x40 inches) Pigment print on canvas 2019
Going beyond the purchase of a single lover and partner, customers can fabricate their ideal circle of friends, their degree of closeness/solicitousness, their sense of humor, concerns, interests, or sexual orientation.
The shop will also host fabricated surprise birthday parties and other social functions with a near-guaranteed ability to make customers feel exactly the way they want to feel.
Title: We Have Solutions Large-format Pigment prints on canvas 63x40 inches
In addition to the sale of robots, special mind-altering medication will be available in the “Lov-Lov Shop”.
A pharmacy that showcases the greatest satisfaction possible, allowing humans to alter their sense of reality;
in a sense, an individualizedshortcut to wide-scale social engineering which will help humans quickly purchase
feelings they have deeply longed for but have trouble retaining such as love, respect, care, friendship, trust,
gratitude, intimacy, and sense of connectedness.
Extroversion on Demand 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
Falling in Love with A Star Instead of A Human 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
Fall in Love A Thousand Times 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
Fall in Love with Yourself Instead of With Another Human 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
If Your are tired of Being Straight 160 x 100cm Pigment print on canvas 2019
5) 2020 Robot Presidential election campaign for the first AI presidential candidate
Starting from promoting a 2020 Robot Presidential election campaign, the whole idea is first to create a socially responsible robot that can replace any human leader in the political sphere, then to eventually replace all representatives, institutions and soft infrastructure of government with robots.
Today, we have confirmed through various experiments that the machine can think; cogitation is no longer a
special talent unique to the human brain. The processing of information and action steps of the machine depends
on its computing power, calculating the gains and losses by calculation.
Can humans coexist indeed peacefully with the hyper-intelligent machines they create?
Can machines be more rational or reliable than humans?
We see the machine is superior to humans in logical reasoning, information processing, and intelligent judgment.
On top of that, machines transcend the physiological limitations and character flaws and contradictions of human beings.
Rather than enduring the endless political scandals of each election cycle, the voting public can select an ethically
and morally consistent robot that will be reliable and trustworthy in discharging its civic duties and executing the
will of the voting public.
Can AI evolve into higher quality species than humans?
Are we going to permanently lose the chance to turn around?
Can AI still be seen as an opportunity for humankind?
This absurd 2020 election campaign also probes our insecurities and exhaustion from the social obligations,
using the proposal of complete displacement of the individual human for a simulacrum as a means to question
how our current political reality is impacting our sense of what human collectivity is.
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7) Lov-Lov Books
A series of books,written by Lov-Lov AIs and published by The Lov-Lov Publisher
8) The Human Perspective
Interviews will be conducted with computer biologists, artificial biologists, experimental virtual reality researchers, computer simulations, art historians, artists, writers and experts from various other related industries, to conduct in-depth and meaningful discussions.
They will discuss Lov-Lov not only from their professional perspective but also from the perspective of their own life experience.
Some example discussion topics might include:
1, Do you think that humanity runs the risk of abandoning its own potential today?
2, If these very ideal Lov-Lov robots were affordably produced and put on the market, would you accept a robot lover to be your life partner?
3, Do you think Lov-Lov would perform well in the market? why?
4, Would you be willing to take the Lov-Lov pills for emotional needs?
5, Can human beings completely sever relationships with all other human beings(living beings) and live freely and happily? why?
6, Can humans coexist indeed peacefully with the "aware" machines they will eventually create? Do you think these machines would be more rational or reliable as leaders?
7, Super intelligent systems can have millions of thoughts and experiences every second.When our identities are increasingly shaped and presented in a digital forum, what are the long-term implications for our direct engagement with the world and others? What will be the role of humans?
8, Although Lov-Lov art project describes a relatively absurd future, what do you think will happen to the future of humanity in the widespread use of AI? Do you think that the issue of how to deal with the development of AI is becoming urgent? Why?
9, Recently, with astronomical amounts of data, algorithms, and computing power, AI has encountered unprecedented opportunities. Technology is getting incrementally more mature and ready for large-scale application. Where do you see artificial intelligence next going?
10. Machine control systems are gradually being applied in more and more areas of life. Scientists are using a large amount of training data to construct a computational structure similar to the neural network of the human brain. To analyze the world or to determine whether to turn on or off the machine by calculation, this mechanical learning visual algorithm is trying to build an efficient and advanced algorithmic system for human emotions and needs, and gradually improve accuracy, feasibility and eliminate prejudice. What problems and difficulties can you foresee?
11. Recently, with astronomical amounts of data, algorithms, and computing power, AI has encountered unprecedented opportunities. Technology is getting incrementally more mature and ready for large-scale application. Where do you see artificial intelligence going?
12. If almost anything was technologically possible, what element of human cognition and consciousness would be the most difficult to manufacture?
--- Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. (Greek phrase)
I want to draw attention to how our nature and unrealistic desires lend themselves towards creating a society where our needs can only be met through AI technology. I believe the absurd world that I am trying to describe is not far-fetched and may even be inevitable given modern society's economic and social values.
Instead of recognizing the dangers inherent in how we and our institutions function-and instead of taking steps to mitigate or avoid them, we are running full speed ahead toward them.
Collectively, I hope that in recognizing the absurdity of the questions posed by this work, viewers will come away from the exhibition questioning whether or not they are prepared to accept the perils that lay ahead instead of slowing down to truly consider what we really need to lead a meaningful existence.