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Benjamin Bratton on Artificial Intelligence, Language and "The New Normal"

Benjamin Bratton, Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design at the University of California, San Diego, is the new Programme Director at Moscow's Strelka Institute. The New Normal is based on the premise that "something has shifted. [...] We are making new worlds faster than we can keep track of them, and the pace is unlikely to slow."

Benjamin Bratton introducing The New Normal in Moscow. Image © Egor Slizyak

Benjamin Bratton, Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design at the University of California, San Diego, is the new Programme Director at Moscow's Strelka Institute. The New Normal is based on the premise that "something has shifted. [...] We are making new worlds faster than we can keep track of them, and the pace is unlikely to slow." Have our technologies have advanced beyond our ability to conceptualize their implications" "One impulse," the course advocates, "is to pull the emergency brake and to try put all the genies back in the bottle." According to Bratton, this is hopeless. "Better instead to invest in emergence, in contingency: to map The New Normal for what it is, and to shape it toward what it should be."

© Egor Slizyak

Could you give a collapsed history of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and explain why you think it has impacted?or is beginning to impact?architecture, design and urbanism today"It depends on how one chooses to define it. Intelligence is an emergent property of material complexity ? it has less to do with whether or not the material?the substrate of this intelligence?is organic or inorganic than it has to do with generic structures and properties of the intelligent phenomena that emerge from it. It also matters less whether or not any one bit of this material substrate is itself intelligent; an ant is not particularly intelligent, but millions of ants together in multiple interactions are. Similarly, one neuron by itself is not particularly intelligent, but in the trillions of interactions of the brain it becomes so.Another way of thinking about intelligence is that it has capacity for abstraction. Consider things like primal protozoan with its cilia on the outside ? it begins by figuring out what?s out there, what?s around it, in order to create some kind of predictive abstraction of the space that it?s in. What is friend, food, or foe" And so in this cartographic function is a fundamental abstraction that we may consider when we think about intelligence as goal-directed behaviour. There are all sorts of ways in which the question of intelligence may be understood on a basic material level.The history of AI proper has always had a close relationship with philosophy and, in certain ways, ethics. One could argue that it was invented philosophically before it was invented mechanically. Let?s take Alan Turing?s 1950 essay (Computing Machinery and Intelligence), for example, who is tr...
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