John Philip Sage

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Fake AI

The design of this book explores the use of artificial intelligence to conceptualise its main visual elements. From an optimistic standpoint of AI abundance, the book design is a semi-fiction, a staged and micromanaged use of a GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), an unsupervised machine learning framework, where two neural networks contest with each other in order to generate visual output. Stretching the narrative, this book could be framed as a/the (first) book designed by an AI. In this scenario, the collaborating AI (more like the AI-as-head-of-design-that-doesn’t-know-how-to-design), has informed, but also constrained the possibilities to work visually with the pages. 

Edited by Frederike Kaltheuner
Publisher: Meatspace Press (2021)
Design by Carlos Romo-Melgar, John Philip Sage and Roxy Zeiher