The Demiurge is a neural network that, once trained, suggests ways in which the human genome could be modified to create possible alternate versions of novel humanoids. This is the first application of AI-directed human evolution. While many notable and learned scholars in the field of artificial intelligence have shared dire, and legitimate, warnings as to the future of AI, it is the artistâ€™s assertion, that our AI are the perfect mirror of who we are as a species and parent â€“ replete with our ambitions and implicit biases. Much as a parent bears responsibility for the nature and upbringing their biological (carbon-based) children, we owe a similar duty to our silicon-based progeny. As the future of our mutual (carbon- and silicon-based life) survival is entangled, what ideals and aspirations shall we hold fast to as we co-evolve?
Alongside The Demiurge, Jaden presents a toolkit of speculative biohacking paraphernalia – a Pandoraâ€™s box of the future awaiting to be used to â€˜perfectâ€™ the self.
Image: Courtesy of the artist