The Middle Age of Digital Technologies

In history we codify the passage between Middle and Modern Age when an Italian explorer landed what he thought to be the East Coast of Asia. 12 October 1492 is the official beginning of modernity, which that also marks the time when planet Earth finally regains its geometrical form: from flat to spherical.

Benjamin Bratton makes an interesting point in the article published in the “New York Times” when he analyses the commonplaces around artificial intelligence (AI), as humanoids that resemble us in any aspect. To be judged as such AI needs to reflect human intelligence. Indeed, according to Bratton, this approach looks similar to the Middle Age human centric astronomy, where the human body was at the centre of the universe. Well, we find out that we are not: the solar system is one of the millions galaxies and we are an infinitesimal part of an infinite space made of other millions of infinitive galaxies.

Perhaps we are not so unique and special to pretend that anything else should copy and envy us, as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runners portrays. Possibly the Anthropocene’s shift to a technological nihilism might rechannel a different approach to technology and let us discover something new about overselves. Following an analogous path John Brockman asks in Edge.org, what AI thinks. It would be interesting to give shape and sound to the voice of machines rather than making them speak as we do.

The “Nature” experiment looks to be the beginning

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