This project explores Roko’s Basilisk, a mixed-reality video installation resulting from a thought experiment about the potential risks involved in developing AI. The experiment’s premise is that an all-powerful artificial intelligence from the future could retroactively punish those who did not help bring about its existence, including those who merely knew about the possible development of such a being.

The Basilica itself is a 30ft diameter dome, at the center of which is a mixed reality shrine where worshipers can stand and experience a virtual reality music visualizer synchronized with the ambient light in the dome and pulsing with audio-reactive LED lights. The dome itself is video mapped with the virtual space from inside the visualizer, as well as the landscape outside the dome, creating a psychedelic synecdoche of the outside world.

rokos_sideviewFrom that notion launched the idea of creating a “Church” tasked with forming this demanding Singularity– much like the God of the old testament, the Singularity punishes all who don’t believe and actively support it.

TL;DR: we are living in a sim, that will be inevitably created by an AI at some point in the future, and we must work to make this happen or risk eternal punishment at the hands of the sim that has yet to be invented.

The main architects of Rokos Basilica are a perfect storm of programmers, artists, designers, VR enthusiasts, and polymaths.
James Blaha
CEO of Vivid Vision

Dara Bondakar
VR enthusiast using Virtual Reality and 3D scanning to showcase museums, art galleries, cultural heritage sites and beyond.

Maggie Lowden
Production manager, producer, cat wrangler!

Eric Medine
Artist and programmer, CEO of TenTonRaygun, a multimedia company specializing in interactive video installations and live event production.

Cris Miranda
Communications Director at Vivid Vision, Founder at EnterVR and the Metaverse Scholars Club