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Accelerate # 3: Hackterium & Synthetic Intelligence

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And beyond all this we have yet to disturb the peace of this world in still another way…
Quod exitus sectabor iter?

We are the hackers of abstraction. We produce new concepts, new perceptions, new sensations, hacked out of raw data. Whatever we hack, be it programming language, poetic language, math or music, curves or colorings, we are the abstracters of new worlds. Whether we come to represent ourselves as researchers or authors, artists or biologists, chemists or musicians, philosophers or programmers, each of these subjectivities is but a fragment of a class still becoming, bit by bit, aware of itself as such.

— A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark

Exploring Mckenzie Wark’s 2004 work ‘Hacker Manifesto’, and Reza Negarestani’s ‘Labor of The Inhuman’. This discussion primarily focused on how to merge the question of synthetic intelligence and its relation with agent-based models that investigates into the question if machines itself can function as a genuine form of intelligence. Fundamentally, what are the implications and necessary questions for an alliance to emerge and become repurposed between sapience and sentience?

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