Augmentation / Week 18 / 9-3-2021

Augmenting, Reality, Adaptation, Intelligence, Subject, Trauma, Openness, Ecology, Cognition, Instrumental Reason, Computability, Incomputability, Complexity, Incompleteness, Plasticity, Algorithms, Error, (non) Linearity, Automation, Randomness, Dynamic ontology, Umwelt/Environment, Contingency

Ian Cheng  Emissaries

‘Consciousness app’ evaluating future developments

Rather than have a unified theory if what consciousness is or how to make perfect AI, asking what intelligence is, a better and more interesting approach is to collage together different models of the brain, from philosophy, to computer science and video games, and test how those models compete inside each character’s head.

Matteo Pasquinelli, Augmented intelligence and Its Traumas

『. . . reframe twentieth century thought and its intelligent machines as a quest  for the positive definition of error, abnormality, trauma, and catastrophe — a set of concepts that need to be understood in their cognitive, technological and political composition 』

A distinction should be made between those philosophies that acknowledge a positive and constituent role for error, abnormality, pathology, trauma, and catastrophe on the one hand, and those who support a flat ontology without dynamic, self-organizing and constitutive ruptures on the other.

The function of the brain organ is not the representation of but the adaptation to the external environment.

Cognition is perceived as extended and its definition incorporates external functions and partial objects of different sorts.

The technologies of augmented intelligence could be understood therefore as a catastrophic process continuously adapting to its environment rather than as a linear process of instrumental rationality.

From a philosophical point of view, human intelligence is in itself always artificial, as it engenders novel dimensions of cognition. Conversely, the design of artificial intelligence is still a product of human intellect and therefore a form of its augmentation.