“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Peter Gratton excerpts Jackson telling it on the subject of worlding and correlationism:

Consider AI technology; why is it that for reasons only known to the correlate, AI technology fails to achieve its aim until it reaches the dominance of human reference or self-awareness? Technological objects should, and are, regarded as strange anyway; in AI, researchers want to change their procedural structure until they ‘magically’ reach the capabilities of mimicking and hiding in our world. In reality, all objects are familiarly strange.
Spot on. Even I, a human, can't mimic and hide in my world. Why? It doesn't exist.

Robert and Peter are quite right that the takeaway from the talk was that everything is a hyperobject.

1 comment:

Nick Guetti said...

And yet, we still experience the uncanny valley effect...but then, maybe uncanny valley isn't that different from saying "You're weird!"