Perhaps the revolution will not be televised, but it will certainly be subject to algorithmic analysis.
like global warming, AI has become a hyperobject so massive that its totality is not realised in any local manifestation, a higher dimensional entity that adheres to anything it touches, whatever the resistance, and which is perceived by us through its informational imprints
When people deliberately feed AI the wrong kind of data it makes surreal classifications. It’s a lot of fun, and can even make art that gets shown in galleries but, like the Situationist drive through the Harz region of Germany while blindly following a map of London, it can also be a poetic disorientation that coaxes us out of our habitual categories
A counterculture of AI must be based on immediacy. The struggle in the streets must go hand in hand with a detournement of machine learning; one that seeks authentic decentralization, not Uber-ised serfdom, and federated horizontalism not the invisible nudges of algorithmic governance.
We want a fun yet anti-fascist AI, so we can say “beneath the backpropagation, the beach!”.
via Cory Doctorow