Thoughts

AI has been delayed

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 it when it does show up it will be in a world that we can not yet predict.”

 

Western Flag

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.”

dorkbot Cardiff #17

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

 

Talk: What to make [techno]-art about in 2019?



From self-augmented cyborgs to deep green resistance to clever robot dogs: what to make [techno-] art about in 2019?

 

Paul Granjon is an artist interested in our relation to technology, or more precisely the co-evolution of humans and machines. He has explored the subject for 20 years, making robots, performances and participative events. Granjon’s work aims to raise questions about human augmentation, dependency, and empowerment within our fast moving techno-present. After providing a brief context to some of his key works, Granjon will present a selection of facts, artworks and speculations addressing ecology, transhumanism, artificial creatures, global data capture and share reflections about the future of art and technology practices in 2019.

 

CSAD Masters Research Seminar 10
Presented by Paul Granjon

Thu, 14 February 2019
16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Art & Design, B Block
Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue
Cardiff
CF5 2YB

Spot Mini robot dance

Boston Dynamics gets into the groove with this video of their Spot Mini quadruped, including some anthropomorphic robosexy moves that might tickle some public.

 

Another Spot Mini video, this one got more than 5 million hits since February. It is more in the Boston Dynamics tradition with a Skynet-like machine behaviour and robot abuse moments. 16000+ comments, largely about the themes mentioned above.

Mud and kids and Microbits

I am in the middle of a new Lead Creative Schools project (I ran another one last year). Aimed at promoting a creative approach to teaching and life, the scheme allows a class in a primary school to work with a creative practitioner for approximately 10 teaching days on a made-to-measure project. This time I work with a year 6 class (10-11 year olds), combining creative technology and outdoors activities. We code Microbits and upcycle e-waste in the morning and build dens and mud batteries in the afternoon, a fine balance!

Vintage evil slave robots

I found this photo while tidying some drawers. These are two friends in robot costumes for a no-budget sci-fi pilot I shot in 1993 called Euronutrifood. They are supposed to be evil slave robots. Thanks again and respect to the ghosts in the machine: Raphaëlle Paupert-Borne and Matthieu Demouzon.

noosphere


 

Atmoshere, Geosphere, Biosphere, Noosphere: The sphere of human thought
now criss-crossing the world in binary strings
AD DA conversions analog to digital --> to? analog? data fit for human understanding

LAUREN – Smart (human) intelligence for the home assistant

LAUREN is a project by new media artist Lauren McCarthy. She will impersonate a home automation assistant not unlike Amazon’s Alexia, responding to users’ vocal commands and acting on their connected domestic environment. Project Lauren will last 3 days.

 

 

“Lauren will control your home for you, attempting to get better than an AI, understanding you as a person”.

I reckon it is a no brainer for Lauren the HI (human intelligence) to be better than Alexa or Siri, examples mentioned by the artist on the project’s website.

Volunteers might feel more morally observed than by an artificial assistant, and may have to deal with interruptions of service due to naps or other very human breaks.

You can apply here if you are interested in hosting Lauren in your home.

 

— Why do I blog about that?

 

I have an ongoing interest in the way machines and humans roles overlap or shift, takeover, resistance, harmony, symbiosis. Power, delegation, cyber-isation. Lauren is an interesting gesture that reminds us about the unique -as yet- touch humans can bring to other humans in a way machines cannot. My own Am I Robot installation works on a similar principle of injecting HI in a system normally driven by AI or simpler algorithms.

 

The Wizard of Oz, HI trickster, exposed by Toto's down to earth DI (dog intelligence)
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