"Occulte Robotique - Séance AI", an AI-supported table-turning robot

Stephan Henrich and Hasan Mashni2020

ZKM | Hertz-Lab

ZKM | Hertz-Lab
Karlsruhe, Germany

For a "Séance AI" with the table-turning robot, one approaches the platform on which the AI-controlled robot table is waiting for its deployment and asks the question aloud, the answer to which is hoped for at the séance. It is immediately analysed by the AI by means of audio profiling (voice analysis). The questioners now place their hands on the tabletop. Four infrared cameras under the table top produce images of the hands on the table top, which the AI, combined with the audio profiling, translates into movements of the table. The robot starts walking around on the platform and draws traces on the thermal paint of the platform by thermal activation. These ephemeral drawings or pictures are now visible for a short time and can be interpreted in a similar way to a Rorschach form interpretation procedure to approach the answer to the initial question.
When the table is set at a Séance AI, for example, the spirit of a deceased person is not invoked, as was once the case with the spiritists, but a new spirit: artificial intelligence. So in a "Séance AI" there might be ? - for the first time? - really? - a ghost (agnostic-AI) is present via a robotic medium, which undeniably interacts directly with the users.


  • Title: "Occulte Robotique - Séance AI", an AI-supported table-turning robot
  • Creator: Stephan Henrich, Hasan Mashni
  • Date Created: 2020

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