THE CLOSEST IT GETS TO GOD
AN AI INTERPRETS THE BIBLE
"Simulacra and Simulation" by Jean Baudrillard explores the connections between reality, symbols, and society, focusing on the meanings and symbolism of culture and media in shaping our shared understanding of existence. In the book, Baudrillard describes simulacra as copies that may not have an original or that no longer have an original. Simulation, on the other hand, is the imitation of real-world processes or systems over time.
In this context, one could see a human preacher as a kind of dataset, shaped by factors such as their place and time of birth, education, and the environment that shapes their mind. These factors will influence how the preacher interprets the written word of the Bible. Similarly, an AI text-to-image generator tool like Nightcafe is based on big data, which also influences its interpretation of the written word. This highlights how the AI's understanding of the Bible is a simulacrum of the original, as it is based on a copy of reality rather than reality itself, and may not be as nuanced or complex as a human's understanding.
The project is an ongoing process that is published on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclosestitgetstogod42/