Anthony Masure (Head of Research, HEAD – Genève, HES-SO)
“Deep City: Climate Crisis, Democracy and the Digital”
EPFL, International Latsis Symposium – Open Forum
March 25, 2021
How can history help us analyze the dominant ways
of “artistic” AIs?
Hierarchy of genres → Technological ideal
Superiority of drawing over color → Vectoring the world
Indoor work → Cloud computing
Copy works of past artists → Remix old art datasets
High polish → High resolution
The acceptance of a world shaped by AIs arises less in terms of replacement (replacement of man by machine) than in terms of recovery: an environment in which one could not distinguish what is produced, or not, with AIs.
“If I can’t translate, I can’t compare. […] It is very easy to translate a treatise on chemistry from English into French, but translating a poem by Li Tai Po into French is almost impossible, translating Mozart into architecture is a big problem. […] Perhaps when the science of codes has made greater progress, we will be able to make families of codes. Maybe we will find some codes that can be translated and some that cannot. […] This is a theory for new times. It is a very large field of commitment, because it is not only a question of translating from English into French, it is, for example, translating Marx into Freud, or Freud into Catholicism, or Catholicism into Neopositivism. This is the real game”.
“It is a question of thinking of technology as a system that must never be abandoned and must be able to remain critical, but also as a gigantic mine of resources and potentialities. This is where we must draw on to imagine new qualities”.