14.0365 anthropological cyberspace

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 365.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
       [1]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (13)
             Subject: Ancient Voices in Cyberspace
       [2]   From:    Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-        (56)
             Subject: Contact Cultures of the Imagination gathering, pioneers of
                      artificial intelligence..
             Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:57:39 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Ancient Voices in Cyberspace
    dear Humanists,
    Patricia Search's multimedia installation Ancient Voices in
    Cyberspace will be on view at the Amos Eno Gallery, 59 Franklin
    Street, New York, NY from October 21 - November 8, 2000.
    Ancient Voices in Cyberspace explores the aesthetics of
    narrative, visual images, music, and action in primitive,
    aboriginal cultures as a foundation for new perspectives in
    human-computer interaction. The installation juxtaposes symbols,
    poems, and music drawn from the oral traditions of aboriginal
    cultures with the limitations of human-computer interaction.
    Patricia Search has worked with computer graphics for over
    fifteen years.  Her most recent work includes multimedia
    installations that are critical commentaries on the state of
    human-computer interaction.  The electronic environments in her
    installations highlight the aesthetics of action, space, and time
    in electronic communication.
    GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6 pm
             Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:58:49 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Contact Cultures of the Imagination gathering, pioneers 
    of artificial intelligence..
    Greetings scholars and researchers,
    Some excerpts from the Wired Essay, "Imagining First Contact" written by
    Leander Kahney..thought..might interest you..your comments are most
    Every year a group of renowned scientists, writers, and artists gets
    together to simulate space explorers and aliens meeting for the first
    At this year's Contact Cultures of the Imagination gathering, pioneers
    of artificial intelligence suggest they may be able to contribute to
    the conversation.
    "We build ways of life, but very different ways of life," said Jim
    Funaro, an anthropologist at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz,
    California, who dreamed up the conference in 1983 as a way to bring
    together anthropologists and science fiction writers.
    "Anthropologists study alien cultures and science fiction writers
    create them," Funaro said.
    The three-day gathering mixes lectures with role-playing thought
    experiments to explore the not-so-distant prospect of contacting
    intelligent alien beings.
    This year's conference, which kicked off Friday at NASA's Ames
    Research Center, also featured experts on artificial intelligence.
    Two of the field's legendary pioneers, Marvin Minsky of MIT and John
    Searle of the University of California at Berkeley, gave an overview
    of AI to the eclectic group of alien hunters.
    But the experts had little to offer on how AI could be used if ET were
    to show up on Earth's doorstep today, only introducing the topic as a
    subject for further study.
    Chris McKay, an Ames astrobiologist, said AI eventually will assist in
    the pursuit of aliens by telling scientists what kinds of things they
    should be looking for, and then help them understand the life forms
    when they find them.
    However, McKay warned it's still in the very early stages of
    "We're just getting started," he said. "It's like Churchill said:
    'We're not at the end. We're not at the beginning of the end. We're at
    the end of the beginning.'"
    Bill Clancey, an AI expert at Ames, said humans shouldn't expect to be
    able to communicate with intelligent aliens since we haven't even made
    much progress engaging with intelligent Earth species like dolphins
    and whales.
    The conference also features students from local high schools who will
    join the scientists and writers in creating and acting out the alien
    cultures they've dreamed up.
    During the role-play, one team dreams up all the details of the alien
    society, including its solar system, planet, the form the aliens take,
    and their culture.
    Another team plays members of a futuristic human society, often
    members of an inter-planetary exploration team. Then the two act out
    first contact.
    Sometimes it's restrained, sometimes it's boisterous, and occasionally
    it gets out of hand, attendees said.
    For complete reading, please visit the below site at:
    Thank you..
    Arun Tripathi

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