“Paik wanted to build an anthropomorphic robot, because he was fascinated by the scientists’ discovery that the human brain had begun to grow after man stopped walking on all fours and had to figure out what to do with his two ‘free’ hands.”
– Wulf Herzogenrath, Hayward Gallery 1988 exhibition catalogue “Nam June Paik Video Works 1963-88”
Dieter Ronte – Nam June Paik’s Early Works in Vienna (1982). Originally printed the catalog of the Whitney Museum “Nam June Paik” show: Nam June Paik by Nam June Paik , John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Museum of American Art Staff, ISBN 0874270375 (0-87427-037-5), Hardcover, Whitney Museum of American Art (1982).
– Lies are Always More Exciting than the Truth – Nam June Paik’s Futuristic Traditionalism by Dr. Thomas Kellein.
Hans Günter Golinski:
Susanne Rennert – I liked it
“It seemed cheaper than applying it to roulette”
The Center, Stanislaw Mucha (2004)
Eckhart Tolle, The Guardians of Being
“metastability” required for pursuit of the vanguard aspiration to trans-identity
Rino Levi, Plavinil-Elclor Building, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1961
Salpêtrière / Agatha (Precog)
The China Syndrome
“Oh, that’s pure frippery,” said the scientist. “This is really a serious research project in multiple computer-linkages. By letting them play game after game, I’m getting some valuable data.”
“It’s a lovely set-up,” said the visitor admiringly. “Do you realize that in this particular contest the two sides are reproducing one of the great classic games?”
“Why, no.Is that a fact?”
“Yes. It was a match between Anderssen and Kieseritsky, back in—I forget the year, but it was quite some time ago. Chess books often refer to it as the Immortal Game… So your computers must share many of the properties of a human brain.”
“Well, they’re complex things, all right,” admitted the scientist. “Not all their characteristics are known yet. Sometimes my chessmen surprise even me.”
“Hm."The visitor stooped over the board. "Notice how they’re jumping around inside their squares, waving their arms, batting at each other with their weapons?” He paused,then murmured slowly: “I wonder—I wonder if your computers may not have consciousness.If they might not have—minds.”
“Don’t get fantastic,” snorted the scientist.
“But how do you know?” persisted the visitor. “Look, your feedback arrangement is closely analogous to a human nervous system. How do you know that your individual computers, even if they are
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constrained by the group linkage, don’t have individual personalities? How do you know that their electronic senses don’t interpret the game as, oh, as an interplay of free will and necessity; how do you know they don’t receive the data of the moves as their own equivalent of blood, sweat, and tears?” He shuddered a little.
“Nonsense,” grunted the scientist. “They’re only robots. Now—Hey! Look there! Look at that move!”
“Checkmate,” said the scientist. “That game’s over.”
He crossed the room to the switchboard and turned off the computers.
Belle da Costa Greene
Edward Hopper, Morning Sun
I still believe that children, instead of exploring the world through applications on cell phones, should dig a hole in the ground.
Literally dig a hole in the ground?
Yes. I mean what I am saying. Dig a hole in the ground. That’s how you examine the real world.
Stagg Field Reactor (Chicago)