'The Britbot' by Libby Heaney
An interactive online artwork by Libby Heaney, based around an AI computer bot programmed on the citizenship book 'Life in the UK: a guide for new residents' as well as classic British texts on social mores, literature and history. The Bot will then produce its own "test" for the public to take - and see how British they are.
But it doesn’t stop there. As more people interact with the Bot, the Bot will ‘learn’ from them via complicated algorithms known as deep neural networks and change according to people’s responses. It will learn new words, new expressions, and new attitudes. It will allow us to see how Britishness varies from location to location and community to community.
The Britbot is now live and has already had many members of the public partaking in it. When the project ends, there will be a non-live version of the Britbot with a report that tells us something about the different communities that have taken the test. The report will be published in book form and also continue to live online.
LIBBY HEANEY is an artist from Tamworth in Staffordshire who studied at Central St Martins, teaches at the Royal College of Art and has exhibited at the Tate Modern amongst other places. Before this though, she studied quantum physics and retains an interest in that world – running the Systems Research Group at the RCA. She also holds a residency at Somerset House Studios.