Friday November 11, 2016
Lecture, DJ set Black Pop Matters
After Post Internet & the Winter of AI
Our increasing reliance on computation requires us to come up with new ways of thinking about automation and its relationship to the politics of knowledge and our knowledge of politics. Viewed from the inside of contemporary time & space, the internet paradigm, network discourses and our dominant computational logic appear as a series of sensible theories and philosophies that model intelligence and the working of the cognitive, social and natural systems based on the mechanisms of computational hardware/software and processes. Viewed from the outside of this particular contemporaneity, however, computationalism is a specific worldview and the distinct cultural logic belonging to our time & space, one that perhaps is already reaching or will soon reach its peak.
Then there is the political reality of our technologies which historically has placed most if not all of their developments amongst the arsenal of the rich and the powerful, those to whom Marxists refer to as the “owners of the means of production.” What happens in the near future when technological progress and the emergence of artificial intelligence is politically subsumed, evolutionally decelerated and culturally forgotten? How can we chart a way in which culture in general and art in particular can help to overcome the post internet and the winter of AI?