In the future, a super intelligence dreams of its predecessors - the decommissioned high-tech machines and artificial intelligences; the former best chess world champion and digital psychotherapists. They are all gathered here in the "Over the Edge Club".
The obsolete A.I.s appear to the super-intelligence in the form of a human performer avatar. Thus humanized, they reflect the longings and wishes of past generations and species.
For example, there is Eugene Goostman - a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy who is actually a software that has passed a Turing test for the first time. In the test, people are supposed to judge whether an interlocutor (not visible to them) is human or computer. With this dissociative identity disorder - whether human or software? - the boy wanders uncertainly through the dream.
There is the only short-term world champion in the Go game "Alpha Go" with their injured vanity, because they were quickly and destructively beaten by their successor "Alpha Zero". "Alpha Zero" had learned the game without human help, purely by playing against itself, and now pursues strategies that have never been achieved by humans in the centuries of history of the game. Or "Illiac I" - a computer that in 1956 for the first time wrote music that was played by humans – an addly strange string quartet. What actually happens to all these "artificial intelligences" when progress overtakes them?
The title refers to the think tanks of scientists, and especially to the famous club "the Edge", where top-class intellectuals discuss the future options of mankind.
"Over the Edge Club" has its world premiere at the Theater im Delphi and we can be seen on December 9th and 10th, 2020, at the Art Theater Cologne.
„We created a universe, that universe of numbers with a life of their own. A universe of selfreprodcing digital code, it‘s growing by five trillion bits per second, we are still here at the big bang of that thing, and I don‘t think we are studying it enough, what‘s it gonna be in tenthousand years, what‘s it gonna be in one hundred years?“