A short animated doc & upcoming show in Japan
Non Serviam: Is an elaborate satire of the idea of artificial intelligence that gets to the heart of the moral dilemma that true success would create. It is written in the dry style of a book review that might appear in a broad scientific journal sometime in the near future. It discusses the book, Non Serviam, by Professor James Dobb, and through this the field of "personetics", the simulated creation of truly intelligent beings ("personoids") inside a computer. It starts with a quote that "[personetics is] the cruelest science man ever created." Lem has the erudite reviewer describe the general theory of personetics, the history and state of the art, and some of the consequences, liberally quoting the work of experts in the field. Later the reviewer quotes from the book a discussion that Dobb recorded in which a personoid philosopher, ADAN. considers what he might owe his (unknown) creator. It is clear that this personoid believes he has free will (and so can say, "non serviam", i.e. I choose not to serve). It closes by quoting Dobb's expressed dilemma in having to eventually bring this world to an end. This pseudreview also appeared, in a slightly different form, under the title The Experiment, in 1978 in The New Yorker.
Nice. I've been strategizing creatively illustrated videos of scientific concepts for a major science museum, with a small team, for a few years now. This is really nice in that it's open ended abstraction that is really aesthetically pleasing.
Will you be visiting Tokyo at any point? I hope the talk is recorded because I'd love to listen, but Kanazawa is a bit out of my reach atm.
Beautiful images. Watching the particles dance made me wonder about that which we call intuition. There's a lot to learn about it, and this is the kind of art that will teach us to see beyond.