01 june 2016
we're cresting another heat wave here. every day, i go out and stare at my seedlings and think about how they're doing. i only water them after the sun has passed the garden wall
some excerpts from my notes for THE BOT MANIFESTO
- bots have a physical manifestation, somehow; they are code executed on machinery, thus the machinery must exist. it follows that bots need energy, and bots consume physical resources
- the primary mode of interaction non-bots have with bots does not acknowedge its physical body; the physical component of a bot is functionally irrelevant
- bots must be seen; they must be observeable; they must communicate something, somehow.
- bots are created with intention
- bots can function autonomously
- we are scared of losing data
- we are scared of missing experiences
- it grows increasingly difficult to sort through the data we generate as we realize it costs very little to hoard information
- bots do not sleep or tire; bots do not wear out. depreciation of performance is only a reflection of human error.
- do we intend bots to live forever?
- bots are an extension of our own mortality
- bots are an extension of our own attension spans
- bots are not a new idea; they are our iteration of leveraging current technological possibilities to address the fear that comprises the human experience
- do bots ask questions or do they answer them?
bot reading references:
- motherboard essay on how to think about bots
- wikipedia article on golems
- and homonculus
- and pathetic fallacy
- and posthumanism
commentary and discussion are welcome! hit me up on mail or irc.