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Ray Kurzweil is a nutter. It's true. I've never bought into the Singularity, and it's really evident that the direction we're headed is towards not an augmented reality, but a more pervasive playground we'll be dropping into. Kurzweil's book, The Age of Intelligent Machines is an interesting one, written at a time when computers were starting to branch into new arenas every day. The film is really pretty simple, it's a companion piece to both the book and an exhibit (which was either a touring exhibit, or at the Computer Museum in Boston, I've never been quite sure). The film is pretty fun watching, but there is a highlight that I want to call out.
Harold Cohen was an artist, an amazing abstract artist, starting in the 1950s and going through to his death in 2016. He was a really nice guy, but he took an interest in Artificial Intelligence iN THE EARLY 1970s. He began to develop a system that would paint, not from preprogrammed images, but by composing forms and understanding a series of rules. The system, AARON, would develop for more than forty years and gain international acclaim. Thought the segment with Cohen is brief, it's easily the most interesting thing, even including the Stevie Wonder stuff!
Klaus at Gunpoint
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