Smit && AnderssonAn Antagonistic Mindmeld In Techno-philosophy
a speculative video work by Mr Andersson.
Is there an essence to being human?
Philosophers and physicists have attempted to answer this elusive question throughout the ages. Arguably with relatively little success. But as digital minds have a number of advantages over biological minds, especially in terms of processing vast sets of data, recent developments in computational technology have made the topic subject to quantification by semi-autonomous processes, who measure opinion in the global currency of likes and activity in the form of clicks and views.
If these novel methods show anything, it is that whatever it means to be human is seemingly changing, and that this change, as always, is inseparable from the means of measuring it, bringing forth new questions such as -What are we left with when all has been quantified?
If a true AI would awaken, capable of not only seeing, but of actually comprehending this data, how would humanity appear in the digital eyes of this alien other?
Video excerpt from a smit-andrersson presentation held by andersson during the TECART Symposium @ Worm, Rotterdam
Free from pre-historic superstition, the post-modern human is finally ready to to fully embrace her rightful place, as creator and ruler of her own destiny, path and purpose.