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Synthetic Gardens︎︎︎
Benjamin Bratton, 2017



“We need alternative models of what AI is and of what AI can do. It is easy to personify AI, and because we think we know what we mean when we talk about its intrinsic processes and extrinsic effects we tend to double-down on mixed metaphors. Yet, models are critical: “AI” is an idea as much as a machine. In this short piece, my purpose is pragmatic. It is less to re-define finally what AI is (and thereby what it can do) than to draw a design model what AI can do (and thereby perhaps what it is).”