Imagine a scene in the not so distant future when the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence blossom into a technological singularity.
Imagine that instead of large scale construction and manufacturing, thanks to the convergence of bio, nano and AI, everything is manufactured locally with information downloaded from the cloud — perhaps grown rather than manufactured.
Just think: no more ugly Bauhaus inspired architecture, no sharp angles, no form-follows-function rules, no phallic architecture molesting the sky.
Imagine instead: soft, round, organic shapes that complement the natural environment. Strange, android creatures that perform maintenance duties — maybe even act as avatars for the amusement of the community’s citizens.
What would such a scene look like? Perhaps it would look like the tableau in What Androids Dream Number 106.
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What Androids Dream Series
This series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.
I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.
There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.