The recent trend with technology seems to be betting heavily on Artificial Intelligence. From automating tiresome factory jobs, AI is moving into more cognition demanding jobs. Not only truck- or -taxi drives are threatened, but doctors, nurses, and many others as well. Similarly, art and design worlds are preparing for the new intelligent era.
Artificial intelligence(AI) is seemingly everywhere nowadays. It warns swimmers for sharks , tracks students emotions and concentration levels and can even read minds. AI enables the creation of deep fakes, videos of real people seemingly doing things they never did, as well as disposes and amplifies the unjust, racial, chauvinist and other biases inherent in our culture and society. Besides these headline breaking news, AI is also complexly entangled in our daily lives for instance through our use of the internet, social media, or by just hearing the seasons hit songs generated or selected by some sort of artificial intelligence.
It might even seem that AI is seemingly capable of anything and non-stoppable. This notion is further accentuated by industry and media. Therefore it might be beneficial to define the current AI systems and take a broader look at what is happening right now.
One of the big things in digital technology this year has been the advancements in AI and in particular in machine learning (ML). A lot of great and exciting things has been written about them this year. From the almost incredible mind-reading AI to dystopian visions and further. Despite, AI and ML are producing novel ideas and applications, in some way the current hype of AI and ML reminds me of the hype of big data, or digitalisation, just a while back. The idea remains the same, but the buzzword has just changed.
he other day I was sitting in a sauna* looking at a led-candle. It was the only flickering light in the darkening evening. At first, I didn’t give it too much attention: it flickered and provided a relaxing atmosphere.
Then I started looking at the flickering, it was a bit random, not too much unlike the flickering of a real candle. Suddenly, I felt a slight breeze of cold air coming through the window and noticed that the led-candle did not react to it, but kept that same rhythm of random light flickering. At that point, it struck me.
As the year draws to an end so does this year's drawing project. Less than a month left with the words about the future-drawings. I have not decided on next year’s theme yet, but while I’m busy planning that, now is your (change in a lifetime) to buy yourself, or someone else, a beautiful, lovely T-shirt with a word about the future. Show the world that you are ahead of your time by getting one of these shirts.
“Programming is forgetting” teaches Allison Parrish, an NY-based artist, and programmer (Parrish, 2016). What she means is that by translating functions, actions and material into the digital world by programming we make compromises and forget the complexity of the world.
One of the significant questions in digitality for me has been, and is, the experience of it. How do we experience the different digital signals, processes, algorithms, nonhuman actors, that establish, create and modify our digital surroundings? Is digitality really an out of body experience, meaning we can't grasp it with our being? Or could there be embodied digitality? Not virtual, or augmented reality, but can we comprehend the digitality in our everyday lives?