Thursday, 27 August 2015

Algorithmic Art

Feedback in Google pattern matching algorithms creates surreal dreamscapes:

Impressionism was fascinated by the nature of seeing, colour and optics.
Is human art just the externalisation of our visual algorithms?
In fact our entire culture can probably be considered an external manifestation of cognitive biases and neural architecture.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

No Country for Men

Women's jobs safe from robots, Men's jobs less so:

I worked in Austria years ago on a dairy farm turned hotel. Historically the men had worked the farms while the women had stayed at home running the house. Tourism had upset the status quo. Farming was marginalised, families prospered from the tourist money, women gained status - the men sat in cafes and bars and many took up the popular local hobby of alcoholism.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Eternal Youth from Young Blood?

Demographics shifts wealth and power to the old. Youth gets student debt, unpaid internships, crazy property prices and now the prospect of getting the life squeezed out of them - drop by drop - to keep a population of ageing vampires young.

I can't see this ending well.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Hive Mind

Another path to the Singularity - Mind Swarms & Gestalt Personalities.
How long can fragile human egos remain intact against the coming of the Hive Minds? 

“I can imagine surgeons coordinating surgery together or mathematicians visualizing the solution to a problem together. Or musicians and artists with a new way of working creatively.”


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Technology Wagging the Dog

Are we still wearing the wizards hat? Has the golem blinked?

Technology is happy to take us with it,  towards its womb - an obscure grey cloud sparkling with nano-bots and AIs - as long as we don't dare touch the reigns!

Technology is the phenotype. We are the cellular machinery encoding its genome.