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Aaron Straup Cope’s talk (above) at “Stories from the New Aesthetic” is now online. As I wrote last month, Aaron’s talk “could keep your mind busy for the weekend… the year… a career.” It’s full of though-provoking ideas and questions, not the least of which is the closer:

We have barely learned to trust one another, outside of tiny little Dunbar Tribes, let alone trust ourselves to teach computers how to interpret the motive of a stranger. We are also being forced to figure out for robots quite a lot of stuff we’ve never really figured out for ourselves.

What if we are pouncing on the seemingly weird stuff that the network appears to be doing not in order to correct it but as a way to dig for stories – for patterns – and to tunnel for loopholes as a way to always stay one step ahead of our intentions, of our motives.

I also recommend watching the talks that Joanne McNeil and James Bridle gave at the same event. If you’d rather read than watch, see my bookmarks of the posts each speaker made following the event.