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The Artifact, by Germán Sierra

The Artifact, by Germán Sierra

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In the clever [dis]guise of fiction, what The Artifact in fact foists upon its readers (hoisting us up in so doing so that ultimately we can look down on the whole situation from a higher perspective—albeit only to crash like a bluebird into the window through which we bear witness) is a veritable Germáneutic: an intriguing interpretation and lucid elucidation of what it is (and is not) to be human in the era of big data, of computation beyond the bounds of human intellection, and—spiralling-off from the latter—of intelligent machines (indeed ‘A.I.’) that can learn and discern far more than the human, perceiving—and who knows: conceiving?—in the vast void qua bind-spot of our own biological being.

-from the essay by Dan Mellamphy, director of The Center for Peripheral Theory, co-director of The EGG (Electro-Governance Group), editor of The Digital Dionysus: Nietzsche and the Network-Centric Condition, WesternU

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