The Other Us



At what point does AI become human?

#StudioScenography #Master-Thesis

In her Master-Thesis titled «The Other Us - At what point does AI become human?» Despina Simeonidou investigates, from a philosophical and scientific point of view, at what point the machines (especially humanoid robots) develop so far by means of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that they are indistinguishable from humans.

The key question of my thesis «What is human?» has already engaged many philosophers, scientists, historians and futurists. Despina Simeonidou's main inspirations were Mark Twain's essay What is Man?, a 1906 short story about human nature and the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick), Alien: Covenant (2017, Ridley Scott) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017 Denis Villeneuve).

Through rapid developments in robotics, we have created algorithms that allow Artificial Intelligence to mimic human behavioral patterns (mimesis), thereby giving them the ability to respond to external stimuli.

In the role of Homo Deus humans create new life. We are at the point where we transcend human nature. This is what is discussed in her film collage, which consists of existing Science-Fiction film material, but from the point of view of Artificial Intelligence. The projection of the film collage is reflected in an infinite mirror space. The scenographic concept is based on Plato's The Allegory of the Cave, where the cave itself represents the new created world and the shadows on the wall of the cave depict the reflection of the visitor in the mirror.

Film Collage «​​The Other Us – At what point does AI become human?»​


Prof. Uwe R. Brückner, Ruth K. Scheel

, Studio Scenography & Exhibition Design

Dr. Hansmartin Siegrist

, Lecturer in Film Theory

Debolina Dubois-Bandyopadhyay

, Design theoretician and visual artist