A quick note on a recent post by AI and robotics expert Rodney Brooks, from his blog largely focused on misconceptions about AI and its imminent takeover. The post dated May 17th 2019 is titled AGI has been delayed (A-rtificial G-eneral I-ntelligence). Brooks looks into the state of the art technology of autonomous cars and, informed by these observations, predicts that AGI, an artificial intelligence with the same versatility and adaptability as a human intelligence will not occur before 2300.
Brooks writes a short paragraph about the dangers of AI that rings very true with some of my current concerns:
“what does [the fact that autonomous cars are not to be around for another few decades] say about predictions that AGI is just around the corner? And what does it say about it being an existential threat to humanity any time soon. We have plenty of existential threats to humanity lining up to bash us in the short term, including climate change, plastics in the oceans, and a demographic inversion. If AGI is a long way off then we can not say anything sensible today about what promises or threats it might provide as we need to completely re-engineer our world long before it shows up, and if when it does show up it will be in a world that we can not yet predict.”
Just found this funny video from the Man Machine workshop I ran in Gdynia, Poland in 2014.
Workshop produced by Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts Gdansk, 17th to 23rd November 2014.
Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), John Gerrard 2017
One of my favourite artworks of recent years…
In a Channel 4 interview Gerrard describes oil as “a dynamic that allowed for a very particular change in society, allowed for hyper-mobility, changes in food and agriculture. Much of what we think of as ‘real’ is a petroleum reality. Heat, comfort, mobility, it all comes from petroleum.”
After 5 years of hibernation dorkbot Cardiff is back!
Techno-artist Myles Leadbeatter suggested we revive the old beast at the occasion of his exhibition in the brand new @Shift artspace in the basement of the Capitol Centre, Cardiff UK.
When: Friday 8th March 7PM
Where: Shift Artspace, Capitol Centre, Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2HQ
Line-up, all techno artists for this one: Myles Leadbeatter who will talk about his onsite installation, Nicola Schauermann on Genetic Moo‘s collaborative project Superorganism, Simon Fenoulhet on his artwork and public commissions and me with an update of where my work is going.
If things go well, we are thinking of running more dorkbot sessions after this one.
Genetic Moo, Superorganism
Myles Leadbeatter’s installation mechanism
Simon Fenoulhet, Torch Theatre