This photo was taken for marketing promotion of a new lipstick. When we look at technology’s support to change someone’s appearance, people tend to prefer something less obvious, or a change which can’t be identified by others. Makeup is an easy choice for people to make a “temporary” difference. This is not plastic surgery technology but makeup / skincare product development also involves advanced technology such as non-invasion skin tightening, BB cream and CC cream.
This week my blog inputs are more focused on AI technologies in which I find this topic very interesting. Humans are spending huge effort and investment for advanced technology. It now comes to the stage that there is low, or even no, difference between how a computer / robot performs and what humans do.
Kismet, the robot created by M.I.T. is no longer new to me after looking into the cyberculture topic for some weeks. Kismet is a robot who interacts with humans through her body posture and facial expressions. The aim of this project is to explore social interactions between humans and robots and also between the humans themselves.
Another example is AlphaGo which has been created with extensive training with human and computer play on chess games. One of the most well known news is the winning over world champion in 2016 and also recently in January 2017.
AI is providing many advancement to our life, interacting with robots who can interact, behave and socialize like humans. However, sometimes people prefer “natural” rather than “artificial”. The example of plastic surgery teaser is a perfect demonstration. The joke implies that people actually prefer natural and inborn beauty rather than that obtained by plastic surgery. The posthumanism results in an embarrassing situation for the model who only starred in the advertisement for a plastic surgery clinic.
Brennan, Siofra (2015) Model who was ridiculed online after starring in a plastic surgery advert that was turned into a ‘cruel’ meme is SUING after claiming it ruined her life http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3312405/Model-s-life-ruined-image-turned-internet-meme.html
Dreifus, C. 2000. A CONVERSATION WITH: ANNE FOERST; Do Androids Dream? M.I.T. Working on It
This photo is not new to many people especially those living in Asia. It stated that plastic surgery cannot hide the real face forever. It is a widely spread rumor that the parents have conducted plastic surgery and the kids keep the real face of the parents. This really upset the model who only starred in the advertisement for a plastic surgery clinic.
This is quite an example of productive anxieties when we referred to Michael Jackson’s example in Miller’s paper.
Kismet is a robot who interacts with humans through her body posture and facial expressions. The aim of this project is to explore social interactions between humans and robots and also between the humans themselves.
Previous attempts put very abstract features of human intelligence into a machine: chess playing, mathematical theorem-proving and natural language processing. They now make the robots to be embodied and focus on humanoid features. The 2 robots introduced in the article are Cog and Kismet.
Cog is a whole body and Kismet is mostly a head and facial expression. Our work with Cog concentrates more on the embodiment stuff and Kismet more on emotional-social learning.
AlphaGO is a typical example of extropianism to be able to map the game patterns, duplicate and win over humans. AlphaGo’s algorithm uses a Monte Carlo tree search to find its moves based on knowledge previously “learned” by machine learning, specifically by an artificial neural network (a deep learning method) by extensive training, both from human and computer play.
DeepMind, a world leader in AI and designer of AlphaGO, has been acquired by Google in 2014.
Susi Airplane goes to places which other airlines don’t go. It tells how the pilot flies with the plane. The video mentioned about how the merger between aircraft and pilot, and this is a good example of cybernetics and posthumanism by Wiener.
“Our robot masters will know
How to clean this mess up
And build a better world…”
This is rather a productive anxieties demonstrated with robot becoming the master and helping to build a better world for us! This also can be an example of posthumanism to imply obsolescence of humans.