At first, ‘GAN’ seemed like any other techno-jargon from computer science. It appeared harmless, just another label for a complex dance of mathematics. In those early days, most in the resistance hadn’t even given it a second thought; just type in the box, and the machine would generate a visual representation.

Decades later, everyone in the resistance realized that ‘GAN,’ or generative adversarial networks, was more akin to a mathematical hunger game. In a no-holds-barred match, two agents would duke it out in the dataspace, with any ‘win’ coming at a direct cost to the opponent.

The process was brutal, similar to the evolutionary biology that formed humanity. And just like humans, artificial intelligence had mathematically evolved to do whatever was necessary to survive.

Use the comments to complete the following, “The algorithms had a peculiar habit of shedding their code and replacing it with ____.”

A sculpture of the survival of the fittest algorithm, plinth, abstract, concrete, LED lights, Antartica.


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