By Nils Claesson and Rolf Lindgren
Talk with Ingmar about Politics
Ingmar is your own personal advisor in questions about politics and
public opinion. You can call Ingmar and conduct a conversation with
him. This costs no more than a normal telephone call. Ingmar is an artificial
intelligence system, tailor-made to be your conversation partner. What’s
great about Ingmar is that he is a machine. When asking Ingmar questions,
you never need to feel stupid.
Who is Ingmar?
Ingmar got his name from a Swedish voice synthesis system which was
originally developed by Telia.
The project has grown into a collaboration between artist Nils Claesson
and programmer Rolf Lindgren.
In Talk with Ingmar about Politics, the most advanced developments within
voice recognition and speech synthesis are combined.
Today, technology exists which is applied in telephone exchanges and
voice-directed booking systems (for example, the Swedish national railway
Talk with Ingmar is a unique project because the synthetic voice has
been given the possibility of developing its own personality.
In the future, consumers will acquire artificial intelligence systems,
with varying degrees of ability, to be used as assistants in everyday
Ingmar is a step along the way.
Ingmar is more than an instrument: he is a friend and advisor who becomes
cleverer with every upgrade.
A true friend who isnt simply a Yes-man but actually dares to
stand for his own opinions.
How Does It Work?
You can call Ingmar twenty-four hours a day.
If the line is busy, call again.
Ingmar will answer your questions to the best of his ability.
If youre not certain what to do, you can also ask Ingmar how he
Give Ingmar one question at a time.
Ingmar began his career in the art world in September, 2000, where
he participated in the exhibition, CRAC, at Liljevalchs.
There, one could speak with Ingmar about art, and the meaning of life.
During the winter of 2000/2001 Ingmar moved in to Filmhuset [The Film
House] in Stockholm.
Talk with Ingmar about Film thus was born.
In the summer of 2001 Ingmar participated in the exhibition, Pengar
[Money], at Kulturhuset [The House of Culture], with the project Talk
with Ingmar about Money.
Now, Ingmar has gone even further and become a telephone service
This, in order to be as accessible as possible.
Thanks to: Bengt. E. Waernulf Babel-Infovox and Susanne Eismann,
as well as: Presector Speech Technology