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Installation : Britbot
16th May 2019 @ 9:30 am - 31st May 2019 @ 8:00 pmFree
The Britbot was originally commissioned for Sky Arts as part of their Arts 50 programme. It is an online voice activated chatbot that asks open-ended questions about ‘Britishness’ following topics in the UK citizenship test and corresponding book Life in the United Kingdom. Britbot responds to the answers given by someone interacting with it by sifting through hundreds of books, online articles and debates from which it compiles a reply it judges to be the best fit.
Britbot has been online since June 2018 and overtime has learnt from the people it interacts with. Its aim is to gather and reflect a diverse range of views and insights about what ‘Britishness’ really means today. When Britbot leaves Leicester’s Art AI Festival, it will be reformatted into a legacy website with insights drawn from its conversations with audiences. A book will also be published based on a selection of interactions with users.
As part of the ART AI Festival 2019 artwork trail, Libby Heaney's Britbot is on display at Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG - download map.