Humans have never been good at following instructions. Looking back at our history, a lot of technological and scientific advancements have been proceeded by an attitude and common theme of, “How ‘bout I do anyway?”- In other words, to view humanity, and subsequently our technological breakthroughs, is to look at a creative process that lands solidly within the Chaotic Neutral mindset.
We do things not for any other reason then we CAN do it, and we want to see HOW we can do it.
In more civilised terms, we call this ‘Innovation’.
Innovation is the push for creative meaning, for craft to have a purpose and come together to have a practical use, but to employ innovation you need the foundation of experimentation- which is where we can thank our weird monkey brains for throwing the mountains of conceptual spaghetti at the wall of problems until we had the components to make a solution/meal.
Even outside human ingenuity, this ‘straying from design’ is inherent to the structures of life and progression itself. This influx of stimuli vs response- to use the tools available to us in a way that might not be their inherent use, but adapting it to a new situation where it still works, or even works better, is just an inherent law of the world and essential for progression.
“Technology isn’t rational; with luck, it’s a runaway horse, foaming at the mouth, ready to throw itself off a cliff in desperation. Our problem is that culture’s tied to that horse”- Martin Felipe Castagnet, ‘Los cuerpos del Verano’.
Right now as we speak, the present state of technology that our culture is built on is surrounded by and progressing on this foundation of experimentation. Just look at the internet and how much it has deviated away from its original creation, yet instead of simply ceasing to exist it has now become an integrated and unavoidable part of our everyday lives. As a brief rundown, the internet was Invented in the 1960’s as ARPANET’, an acronym for ‘Advanced Research Projects Agency Network’, this was the first precursor to what we know as the internet today- the foundation that we would build from to reach our version of the internet. ‘ARPANET’ was created from the idea of a time-shared network, a new and instantaneous means of communication and information archiving that could survive in the event of a nuclear attack. Nowadays, the internet is a social hub for social communities, business marketing, software development, Ect. Ect.
But the internet is just one example of creative deviation;
LETS PREHEAT SOME CONCEPTUAL SPAGHETTI
“Its not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing”- Terry Pratchett, Foreword to ‘The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy’
the invention of the drone is a good reminder that people don’t use items for their intended use. Created for military purposes, Drones have come a long way from their first debut into the public awareness. Once a machine for strategic warfare and combat operations, within the public domain it is used in a wide spectrum of alternative objectives; from the mundane, e.g. postal services and delivery, to the more ostentatious e.g. collecting whale snot.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (A.I.)
“Real stupidity beats A.I. every time”- Terry Pratchett, ‘The Hogfather’
‘TAY’, (i.e. Thinking About You), is an experimental chat A.I. that Microsoft released in 2016, intended to be a simple chatterbot for twitter, it was instead fed ‘red pills’ by the internet communities until it became, within 16 hours, what is essentially an extremely racist and provocative opinion generator.
(And TAY isn’t the first chat/voice recognition software we’ve misused, how many times have any of us gotten drunk and used Siri as an emotional leaning post? Its more common than you think.)
The second you create restrictions on how an object is supposed to be used, is the moment people start to test the boundaries of what that object can ACTUALLY do. An intended use is by no means a warranty on what you CAN do with/to it.
For Task 3, I plan to research more into human innovation and the extent to which we redesign the use of technology, as well as find the most ridiculous way in which I can, personally, misuse a piece of technology that is arbitrary to its primary use.
Because of the subject I am addressing, some experimentation will be necessary to understand the theory of Chaotic Neutral enterprising. With each entry, I am going to use a new technology outside of its intended use. I will create a video Diary of my results to include in my presentations; this will include a quick introduction to the object, and then an experiment of all the ways it could possibly be used outside of its intended objective. I am not doing this with the intention of succeeding in creating a ‘whole new invention’ in these entries, but rather to push the limits of function outside of original purpose in the hopes of discovering new techniques that can be later employed to create something from the same components. Why? Because a drill is only a drill until you discover it would make a great new handheld mixer. Or perhaps a windmill weapon? Or perhaps-…
“’Gimme a script, I’ll improvise”- Andrew Cullen, My actual real life sibling.
- -Wikipedia, ‘History of unmanned Aerial Vehicles’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_unmanned_aerial_vehicles, [19. 03.18]
- -Vice News, 2018, ‘Using Drones To Gather Whale Snot – For Science (HBO), Youtube, [17.03.18], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07RmZvDnrY
- -Internet Historian, 2017, ‘Tay A.I. l The People’s Chatbot’, Youtube, [17.03.18], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsLup7yy-6I
-J. Vincent, ‘Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day’, [19.03.18],
- –‘The sun is a deadly lazar’, [20.03.18], <http://hugelol.com/lol/448127
- Andrews, 2013, ‘Who invented the Internet?’, ‘History Stories’, [15.03.18], https://www.history.com/news/ask-history/who-invented-the-internet