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January 13th, 2011

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01:03 am - Musings on Creativity and Enchanting the World
Today, I read a blog post about the luminal space that creativity and imagination can help us occupy and how they can make our personal worlds more powerful and magical and how we can share that with others, and that reminded me of a comment someone I know in the otherkin community made about her desire to help re-enchant the world. That reminded me of two very different examples of this. The most obvious is the fabric artist described here - watch the video it's very impressive and wonderful, and best of all, the quilts he makes are exactly as wonderful - here's his Etsy shop, were I very wealthy, I would definitely own one, likely the one of Phobos. Definitely someone who is making the world a more magical and lovely place.

Looking at this from an exceptionally different direction, today, warren_ellis posted a link to this blog entry by Matt Webb, one of the authors of Mind Hacks. Webb expands on this excellent piece on ubiquitous computing and talks about how people treat living and non-living objects differently, and people already unconsciously treat mobile autonomous devices like a Roomba like animals, and we're soon going to have lots more robots that are far more complicated and far more common. No one has to try to do this, this happens because our minds respond to things that act in certain ways as if they were animate.

I also think it's possible to go further than this and also say that the humans also very easily respond to things that seem human as if they were human. Very soon, such human-like things will include the various pieces of upcoming office automation that can communicate with people in natural language and we're going to relate to them as other people – somewhat dim and limited people at first, but people nonetheless. Even if actual artificial intelligence proves impossible, we will very soon be living in a world with devices that we relate to as if they were animals or people – the world will be a stranger and more magical place. I expect we're no more than a decade from people falling in love with a humanoid robot or a human-like computer program is the latest odd tabloid & talk show sensation.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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Date:January 13th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
We talk back to our GPS. One sort of can't help wanting to talk back to something that's talking to you in a human-like voice.
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Date:January 14th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
I can't think of anyone I know who owns a Roomba and doesn't anthropomorphize it to some extent, and only a few people who own a car GPS that speaks and haven't named it or in some other way given it a sliver of personhood. Interesting stuff.

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