In 1970 Japanese engineer Masahiro Mori introduced the concept of the "uncanny valley" as a terrain of existential uncertainty humans experience when confronted with autonomous machines that mimic their physical and mental properties. An enduring metaphor, the uncanny valley and its edges have captured the popular imagination ever since.
Organized by Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Claudia Schmuckli, this expansive group exhibition considers our relationship to the near total ubiquity of artificial intelligence in daily living. Featuring a stellar roster of artists who have deeply considered the relationship between humans and intelligent machines, including Forensic Architecture, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Pierre Huyghe, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, and Martine Syms, among many others. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog featuring texts from the curator, as well as leading philosophers, anthropologists, cultural theorists, sociologists, and engineers on what will only become a more deeply engrained presence in contemporary life.