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  • Writer's pictureShriya Malhotra

sentient machines fight back

Updated: Jan 29

An intriguing aspect of everyday posthuman experience seems to be in recognizing the sentient and potentially emotional nature of the technologies that humans surround themselves with. Very honestly, before this residency the term posthuman and i had not quite encountered each other. although increasingly i find i have read or considered some of this stuff without being aware of the banner term of posthuman. im not sure it is my genre but its a lot of new and interesting realms.

technology mediates our everyday lives and i am sure i am not alone often in wondering or attributung humanistic traits to machines we use everyday. whether autocorrected messages that seem to protest or virtual assistants making jokes--understanding technology and technological futures seems also to incorporate understanding ourselves.

primarily because things designed and built by people will incorporate their biases. but also in a sense since time seems to be cyclic, technologies too are recurrant in what they can or cannot do. very few designs and ideas are actually all that new.

the limits of where we start being defined as human or alive or sentient vs mechanical and machine is an interesting grey area. people live atomatized and lonely lives and rely further and deeper upon devices and machines, but the history and digitization of sound seems to hold some sort of mystery regarding what it means to be aware and alive.

i recently read more about musical reverb as a way of sensing space i wonder also if the experience and absorption or interpretation of sound is a definitional benchmark of what it means to be posthuman.


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