. 674.68mm x 873.12mm . 151 pages . casewrap hardcover . digitally generated . handwritten . diary .

The result of the play between neural networks with their own mysterious motivations, Paranoid Transformer presents itself at first as a diary, written out in a cursive sometimes steady and sometimes not. And, when examined closely, neither human nor digital, but operating in some vertigious in-between. The titular digital paranoid fills the page with their own unique range of fears, rants and doodles — from the mundane to the absurd and uncanny. Generated using a wide variety of artificial intelligence techniques, Transformer invites the reader to explore new precipices in the poetics of text-generation, some admixture of novel, noise and scribble.

"Tikhonov’s work embodies the spectrum of current technological possibilities whilst alluding to the traditional powers of the human hand and mind"
— Luba Elliott

"If in reading this book, you find many of the short sections of writing following from one another, linked and proceeding in a plausible way, is it possible the paranoia is yours, dear reader?"
—Nick Montfort

December 2020

This book was created by interlocking neural networks orchestrated by Aleksey Tikhonov (@altsoph), a machine learner, data scientist, and digital art enthusiast from Berlin. You can contact him via his website altsoph.com

The NEW SIGHT series is a collection of computer-generated novels designed into physical artifacts. This series is our exploration of the possible futures that lie at the intersection of technology and the book form.

An imprint of Dead Alive, a digital space dedicated to supporting the future of digital art through collaborative experiments.