Pen & Pedagogy

"Very Dadaesque." Elliot Moss cried, gesturing with his half-empty wineglass at the thin, nondescript mechanical pen laying upon the floor at the northeasternmost corner of the rectangular, low-ceilinged art gallery. "Indeed," Sabrina Vesora agreed, adjusting her scarf, studying the artifact as a crowd of journalists and local social climbers moved by. It was situated such… Continue reading Pen & Pedagogy

Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

  §. In Sean D. Kelly's, A philosopher argues that an AI can't be an artist, the author, at the outset, declares: "Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavour." (S. D. Kelly) A bold claim, one which can hardly be rendered sensible without first defining 'creativity,' as the author well realizes, writing: "Creativity… Continue reading Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Test Your Personality for Compatibility

The general capacity to get along with a superintelligent robot may not be in your wheelhouse. Maybe you’re hardwired for turning into a whiny, self-pitying brat in the face of anyone or thing smarter than you. Or perhaps you’re a diehard loner—never had any friends, so why would you expect to make one now? Or,… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Test Your Personality for Compatibility

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Editor’s Note – Background to This Text

In Silicon Valley, working for a tech startup, some very clever researchers developed a program with the specific purpose of resolving the issue: How to survive when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. The program, once engaged, proceeded to spit out a document of nearly six hundred thousand single-spaced pages of text, graphs, charts, pictograms, and… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Editor’s Note – Background to This Text

Intelligence: Artificial & Otherwise

To speak sanguinely about Artificial intelligence (AI) – real and speculative – one must first ask the question: Is AI possible? Before that question can even be rendered answerable, however, one must define one's terms, especially given the proclivity for intelligence-as-such, that is, as a material process, to be conflated and constrained wholly to sapience… Continue reading Intelligence: Artificial & Otherwise

Precepts of the Terrestrische Lehramt, prt.2

Ontological Machinism It is touted by those who disdain the terrestrial, by those who high-handedly dismiss the si quis ferro, those who seek to master temporality rather than remove one’s self from it, that all which is or can be mechanically defined is of a lesser inherent value than that which is of a supranatural… Continue reading Precepts of the Terrestrische Lehramt, prt.2