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The ARTofficial Truth Machine ATM-001 arrives in Rundle Place

Trading conversation for art

Visitors to Rundle Place will be able hold conversations with a vending machine and receive a unique artwork powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of Adelaide’s CreaTech City Challenge, a joint initiative funded by the South Australian Government, the City of Adelaide and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).

The ARTofficial Truth Machine ATM-001 is presented by multidisciplinary artists Dave Court and James Brown and was created in conjunction with the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML).

Instead of trading snacks for cash, the vending machine generates a unique artwork that is dependent on the ‘opinion’ the machine has formed about the participant after users share conversation with its AI personality.

This artwork will be displayed on the screen, available to download via QR code which directs to a mobile website hosting the user’s image, and information about the project.

As well as this digital artwork, a small percentage of users will be gifted a physical product designed by local artists, examples of which include Australian native plant seeds wrapped in art posters, custom AI-made digital art, and personalised feedback written as poetry.

The vending machine uses state-of-the-art technology, and AIML machine learning researchers and engineers built the AI software using GPT-3, a language model that can generate human-like responses; similar to the popular ChatGPT chatbot.

ARTofficial Truth Machine ATM-001 is on display at Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide until June 2023.