Robopoieses : the artificial intelligences of nature

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Robopoïèses: les intelligences artificielles de la nature André Ourednik, 2021, « Robopoieses : the artificial intelligences of nature », La Baconnière, Genève.

This essay questions the confinement of the field of artificial intelligence to decision-making. First by considering the fundamental artificiality of any form of collective thought, starting with language itself. Further by reflecting on how speech and other artificial constructs mediate our relationship to the unspeakable and the elusive, in other words: our relationship to nature.

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“Between the poet and the machine, there is André Ourednik... the writer never stops rethinking the world in the light of the digital, of its omniscience which reconfigures our relationship to reality and memory... It is another history of artificial intelligence that he unfolds here, whose cradle would not be located in the valley of silicon but in the primitive times of the appearance of language. By considering AI in a more encompassing perspective, that of "thinking devices" that cannot be reduced to printed circuits, the author moves from ancient Mesopotamia to Conway's Game of Life, from the golden ratio to Vedic meganumbers, from magic formulas on turtle shells to artistic algorithms. Erudite, literary, philosophical, mathematical and computer marquetry, where the prospect of an autonomous AI creative enough to reconcile us with nature takes shape. Dense and stimulating.” Thierry Raboud, La Liberté, March 20th 2021.

“André Ourednik is not only one of the rare authors in French-speaking Switzerland to write highly documented dystopias, he is also a scientist capable of describing a fractal of plant evolution. In his latest essay, as an Aristotelian mixed with a digital engineer, he poetizes a process without end since the monstrous development of the human brain: artificial intelligence, i.e. capable of artifacts, of artistic combinations. A beautiful journey extended by an online sound creation.” CC, QWERTZ #64, RTS-Culture, April 3rd 2021.

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