Boom Chicago’s new show is a comedy exploration of technology and what it means for us humans. As artificial intelligence, big data and face recognition go from buzzwords to real life, will this lead to a future of pleasantly targeted ads or will our robot overlords replace us at work and at home? In the meantime, get ready to hop in your self driving car, get the latest information from the blockchain and, enjoy what has been teased for so many years and will finally arrive in 2019: virtual reality... followed shortly by virtual reality pornography.
Boom Chicago's new show, The Future is Here... And it is Slightly Annoying, is about technology and it also uses technology in a groundbreaking way. We will create an AI improvising comedy robot that is able to learn as it performs. It will join the cast on stage for a scene. Our machine uses a combination of natural language processing (that’s how Siri and Alexa can understand you) together with a deep neural network (trained with very specific forms of situational comedy). The goal is to develop a form of AI that knows how to improvise and act on stage with our actors. Can you use artificial intelligence to teach a robot to be funny? We're working on it right now. Will the cast of Boom Chicago still have a job after this new show? Come see.
The first production after the 25 year anniversary last July continues the tradition of technologically innovative shows. In 2000 Boom Chicago brought cameras, screens and live internet into the theater. Live at the Leidseplein, Your Privacy is our Business established Boom Chicago as an early, global pioneer of technology in a comedy show. In 2006 Me, MySpace and iPod furthered the boundaries of technology and the show was hailed by, among others, Henk van Gelder, from the NRC Handelsblad: ‘Boom Chicago has created an entire new form of theater, call it digital comedy.’ With Social Media Circusin 2011 the Boom Chicago cast addressed the global phenomenon of social media and how it would transform our society.
Andrew Moskos, artistic director and co founder: 'We are at the cusp of a new revolution: Data-driven automation will disrupt work, life, health and love. It holds the promise of pleasure and freedom, while also contributing to isolation, fear and mass unemployment. Or none of this will happen because technology never delivers on its promises.'
Book your tickets to Boom Chicago's new sketch and improv comedy show and see tomorrow today: The Future is Here... And it is Slightly Annoying!