Computer systems have to read a lot and, in this way, they can learn to differentiate good from evil. Since it is said that Shakespeare created modern man and catalogued the world of human emotions, let the systems read Shakespeare, our best literature. British scientists tested this idea in practice. An android with a name referring to the Classical period – Homer16 – became acquainted with “Hamlet”. Its impressions after reading were as follows: the history of the indecisive prince and his crazy girlfriend teaches us that we should defeat our enemies quickly and mercilessly, otherwise they will defeat us. Homer16 completely failed to understand the strange text “To be or not to be?”
How then will the Shakespearean world look when we pass it through the imagination of AI? Who will the protagonists of “Hamlet” be if it is not at all clear what a human being is? And, finally, how does the contemporary answer sound to the first question that appears in the tragedy: “Who’s there?”?
“‘Hamlet’ has been used not only as a way of going out of the traditionally understood theatre but also out of the present, in order to look at tomorrow, i.e., as usually happens in the case of science-fiction, into the mirror.”
Dominik Gac, Teatralny.pl