How do digital technologies, while distinctly inhuman, exacerbate our humanness?
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In ‘proof-of-work’ systems, computers compete with each other to solve complex algorithms. The computer that correctly solves the problem the fastest is rewarded for its achievement, and for helping to keep the system secure. As more algorithms are solved, the chains of information become longer, and the system becomes more complex. In a human context, proof-of-work systems reveal a cynical view of art history through the lens of technology. What are we competing for?
An interesting discrepancy in the proof-of-work metaphor is that computers can’t collaborate, while humans most certainly must. As art and technology continue to converge, we need a new proof-of-work system that strengthens the network as a whole. While technologists work to creatively solve human problems, artists grapple with the tensions created by our dependence on technological systems. In a circular sense, we prove the value of each other’s work.
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Afternoon jams. “On July 12, 1979, Chicago DJ Steve Dahl held a rally during a baseball game against Disco.”
Have some Robert McCall for the evening.
Our visions of the future aren’t quite so grand these days…
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