Daily Archives: October 23, 2012

Intersection 01 – In the Cloud


the prehistoric cave to the contemporary data center, the intersection of art,
science, and technology illuminates and defines the scope and scale of human
experience. The incessant production of astonishing images and deep ideas by technology-assisted
human intelligence propels us in an inexorable arc of cultural evolution. Space
telescopes and electron microscopes, supercomputers the size of public buildings
– our tools can inspire enthusiasm and excitement about learning and the
possibility of understanding how the universe works and illuminating our place
within it.

are witnessing the dawn of a new worldview, which departs from classical
principles in ways more profound than we may yet know. The basic constituents
of the universe appear to have contradictory natures. Particles act in
wave-like ways, can be in two opposing states at once, and they can somehow
transmit information about themselves instantaneously across astronomical

technology is transporting us at an exponential rate by a multiplication of
machine intelligence toward some predictable point in this century in which it
will dwarf the very minds that created it. The power of our aesthetic simulacra
has achieved the power of virtual reality, sufficiently persuasive to
convincingly reproduce our actual experience.

our understanding of the mind bestowed upon us through billions of years of
planetary evolution has arrived full-circle, as consciousness itself is
beginning to reveal its nature. And its nature appears to depart from classical
conceptions, emerges from chaos and complexity, exhibits both discreet states
and wave phenomena, and has achieved a central position in scientific descriptions
of the physical world – as the “observer” crucial to the very creation of
reality at the quantum scale.

are swept up in a tidal flow of transformative change, in which our art,
science, and technology is increasingly miniaturized, internalized, and
projected upon the patterns of our experience in the world. We are alive at the crossroads of bio-technology and techno-biology.

inventions are transformative, allowing us to transcend our bodily limitations
and redefine what it is to be intelligent, human, alive. Logging into the Internet
extends our individual nervous systems and connects them to the networked patterns
of intelligence generated by both humans and machines. At this intersection –
within the cloud – they are one.

*Image: “Intersection 01 – In the Cloud” by Tullio,
digital image, 2012



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