EXHIBITION FROM THE ‘ARCHIVE OF THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY INSTITUTE’ CAMPAIGN

EXHIBITION FROM THE ‘ARCHIVE OF THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY INSTITUTE’ CAMPAIGN

B.SANGSTER


BA COLLECTION RATIONALE

In the words of Richard Feynman: “Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.”


The Technological Singularity is the hypothesis that ordinary humans will someday be overtaken by artificially intelligent machines or cognitively enhanced biological intelligence, or both, and will trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to civilisation.


My work is the study and synthesis of my personal interests in Artificial Intelligence and my religious ancestry. Growing up in an environment of differing beliefs, has led me to ask myself - what do I believe in? In trying to understand the relation of singularity to myself I have found resonance with the theory of whole brain emulation to achieve AI, whereby, the embodiment in an external environment is what makes the intelligence human. I spent so much of my life in my bedroom - that my brothers would call ‘The Conclave’ until coming to St Martins - that was the cause of an acceleration of feelings and of experience. This is my singularity, in that learning, is what it means to be human to me.


Whilst I may not share all the same views as my predecessors held on belief, I have inherited their sense of morality and I believe in their good values for humanity, following the Methodist creed: Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, by all the means you can. This collection is symbolic of the concerns regarding the progress of technology; furthermore, the authority of corpocracy that controls religion, technology and our future. It is about understanding what it means to be human, and maintaining that in the technologically changing nature of human society. Each piece is informed by references from Artificial Intelligence and Existential Risk, ‘The Turing Test’, ‘Genome Editing’, ‘The AI Box Experiment’, ‘Anthropomorphism’, ‘Paperclip Maximiser’ and of my own feelings in the relationship of religion and technology, using these as a grounding for figurative forms.


It puts forward the idea for a New World Order: The Order of The Singularity.