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The Perspective Machine

THU Sept. 7-SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

How Humans and Artificial Intelligences Generate Ideas and Creativity

Better, simpler and faster, above all, faster. This development has come to prevail in our society. It is already taken for granted that we do not particularly like waiting for answers and results. This might be due to the fact that we pay less and less attention to the process that leads to the solution. Often, we no longer even want to know why we achieve certain results. What’s important is: it has to proceed quickly and be correct.

This results in a curious reversal—speed in technologies was originally developed to make many things easier for us, to enable us to eliminate stress. But sometimes this speed is precisely what triggers extreme stress and unease in us.

Sometimes it’s good to wrestle with a question or an idea in a way that is as protracted and complicated as possible. This results in taking it slow and going into depth, and is conducive to relaxation, creativity and coming up with ideas.

Generating ideas and creativity are often associated with a sort of “recontextualization.” To do so, existing components that were developed for a particular application are employed in a totally different way. This results in sustainable projects, because a component can suddenly be used for two or more applications.

Without the pressure of speed and with an only seemingly senseless waste of time, and with many—actually very many—details, this year u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD is inviting festival visitors to build a machine out of as many different components as possible. The various sub-components can consist of digital or analog elements; together, they will become a machine that can carry out simple as well as complex tasks.