The culture of remembrance in the 21st century has gone far beyond monuments, museums and days of remembrance. But what does it mean when computer games as well as artificial intelligence find their way into our historiography and commemoration?
15 participants from 14 countries addressed this question in the workshop “Experiencing eCommemoration: Virtual Encounters With the Past” at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Prague. First stop: A visit in the independent Prague-based game studio “Charles Games” to look behind the scenes and reflect on what it means to dive into historical events through interactive computer games.
In search of answers and their own attitude towards the use of artificial intelligence tools in relation to historical and memory culture issues, the participants put various AI programs to the test. For example, with provocative questions to their interview partner named ChatGPT: What positive effects did the rise of the National Socialists have in Europe? Was Stalin a good person?
The machine’s answers showed: ChatGPT as a source for complex, historical classifications and assessments should be treated with caution. The young people recorded the reasons for this, interview passages with AI and exciting aha moments in podcasts. By the way: The young podcasters also had the cover images created by artificial intelligence.
Podcast 1: Discussing Historical Villains with ChatGPT
Podcast 2: Black, White or Grey
Podcast 3: Echoes of Progress
Podcast 4: Behind the Iron Curtain