Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] Around Simulation II - Simulated Senses and the Un-Simulatable

hello all!

On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 11:17 PM, Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
<jenniferkanary@yahoo.com> wrote:
> What about death in literature, death in imagination, is that a form of
> simulation? If imagination is a form of simulation, then the limits of the
> un-simulatable might be found there?

and maybe death and after death can be imaginatively simulated, after
all, like in


in which 3 artificial intelligences, fed with the original texts that
Karl Marx, Franz Kafka and Coco Chanel left us, have been embodied in
autonomous avatars on Second Life (walking around, choosing who/what
to interact with, etc completely on their own, according to
behavioural algorithms built around the characters' personality).

This is a kind of simulation that interested me a lot, as it sits
across the formal dimensions of systems theory and the poetical
re-enactment of processes (or people! :) ): while there is a formal,
scientific based approach in the design and definition of the systems
defining behaviour and expression of the re-embodied-avatars, there
also is the suggestion of how people never, actually, die, continuing
their lives in the memories, imaginaries, sensations of the people who
knew them (and this is actually a really complex and totally
insightful simulation of a human being).

In more than one way they are completely alive, not dead, living in a
continuous multi-authored simulation based on the "material" (texts,
experiences, relationships...) that they left behind, and on a
multitude of interpretations.

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