Computationally Useless

Feb 11th, 2019

Conceptually

I would like to explore the idea of uselessness, it’s definition, and implication to what can be defined as an object, or human. I think becoming aware of the Uselessness in our presence can serve as an interface to enter a new, non-material space that is a very important part of who we are and how we view the world, our relationship with each other and ourselves.

Theoretically

I have curated a list of reading materials for myself, centered around philosophical arguments around capitalism, materiality, posthumanism, and nohumanism. I am in the middle of a long article called the Cybernetics Hypothesis. 

This article was written by French philosophical collective Tiqqun in 1999, with the aim to “recreate the conditions for another community”. Cybernetics is a transdisciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems—their structures, constraints, and possibilities. Norbert Wiener defined cybernetics in 1948 as “the scientific study of control and communication in the animal and the machine.” Cybernetic Hypothesis questions the design of the communication system and the conditions of control.

 

Computationally

I would like to take on a few learning adventures in web and game. the aim is to facilitate a few useless communications. I am interested to create a web-based creature. It interacts with others through user interface. But it is also important that the creature takes on its own journey in a virtual world. I don’t want the creature’s appearance and behaviors to be entirely dictated by the user interaction. The creature can communicate with the users, but also takes on a journey towards an alternative space that belongs to itself.

 

Technically

I would like to explore the following four platforms/techniques/approaches:

  1. riot.js. a front-end web-development framework
  2. firebase. a back-end web-development database.
  3. tensorflow.js. an AI library for the web.
  4. Unity animation and procedural scripting.

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February 18th, 2019

This week, I made progress on my first Useless Communication. I made a simple creature called Gigi. It can get hungry or listen to a joke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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