In the framework of the exhibition Hybrid Layers ZKM | Karlsruhe presents the launch of the new issue of Paris-based online journal "Glass Bead" entitled "Site 1: Logic Gates, the Politics of the Artifactual Mind".
With Lectures by:
Glass Bead (Fabien Giraud, Jeremy Lecomte, Vincent Normand, Inigo Wilkins)
Nina Power, Lecturer onPhilosophy (University of Roehampton, London)
T’ai Smith, Associate Professor for modern and temporary art in Europe and America (University of British Columbia, Point Grey, Canada)
Matteo Pasquinelli, Professor for Media Theory (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design)
Matteo Pasquinelli: "Machines That Morph Logic"
Artificial Intelligence is often cited as an alchemic talisman whose functioning is rarely explained. The hegemonic paradigm to date (also crucial to the automation of labour) is not based on GOFAI (Good Old-Fashioned Artificial Intelligence that never succeeded at automating symbolic deduction) but on the neural networks designed by Frank Rosenblatt back in 1958 to automate statistical induction. If pattern recognition via statistical induction is the most accurate descriptor of machine intelligence, the distorting effects of statistical induction on collective perception and politics (over-fitting, apophenia, algorithmic bias, ‘deep dreaming’, etc.) are yet to be fully understood.
Nina Power: "Revisiting the Human"
In this talk Nina Power will discuss how we tackle the question of the human in the age of technology and with the full knowledge of feminist and anti-racist critiques of such universalising language. She will suggest that the capacity for abstraction and a certain kind of »inhumanism« (not to be confused with inhumanity, though we have to acknowledge that this is a constant possibility too) is necessary to proceed in any rational and scientific way. This applies to the psychoanalytical level as much as it does to the scientific – we may not like what we find out about ourselves and our place in the universe, but far better to understand and embrace alienation of this kind, than to dwell in misplaced security.
T’ai Smith: "AI’s fashion mirror stage"
The fashion business world, in following trends, is currently obsessing over the following questions: how will AI change the way we humans experience or buy fashion in the future? What new tools will AI offer fashion consumers? Will there be any need for designers at all, when trends are spotted by algorithms and the next season is calculated accordingly? Such pedestrian questions, it seems, are motivated by a fundamental narcissism: the industry sees a reflection of itself in the future, but it fails to consider the paradigmatic shift AI could introduce to the system—a radical restructuring of the field wherein fashion (as we know it) ceases to exist.
Rather than partake in an anxious discussion about an industry’s growth or obsolescence at the hands of AI, however, T'ai Smith will start with a more speculative scenario and set of questions about a potential future in which AI gains consciousness—when it has an artifactual mind. Will AI ever see itself in a mirrored (fashion) plate? And if AI begins to self-individuate, will AI desire fashion? Will AI have its own mirror stage, and hence, in all of its Ego-ID contradictions, provide the well of needs and desires required by capitalism? Or, will (fashion) capitalism peter out, when AI’s lustless super-ego takes over?
The presentations will be followed by a round-table and a conversation with the audience.
Please note: The event will be held in English!