notes on The Language of God

“The Language of God” is a very interesting article that Jhave recommended last week. It is very helpful and fun-to-read… I have found some videos based on/sort of related to the topic “machine language”.

I like the sarcastic style of it:

Our modern-day Giovanni Pico wouldn’t just have to read every awful wish-fulfilment fantasy epic and cringingly unsexy erotic novel that made it into print since 1494. He wouldn’t just have to read all your godawful tryhard tweets, your posturing, self-important blog, your strangely pathetic TripAdvisor reviews, but every last morsel of shit in the deepest sewers of the internet, every jagged fragment of broken code. And as it turns out, the greatest collaborative literary project in human history isn’t really human at all. A significant majority of all web traffic, and much of its content, is generated by machines: bots and algorithms. Our literature is not our own.”

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Here are some excerpts to help understanding the article with structure.

“What is machine language?”

“Firstly, machine language is vampiric, shamanic, xenophagic, mocking. It’s a changeling. Often it tries to imitate human discourse; the machine wants you to think that it’s human.This is the first level of deception.”

First axiom: all language has the potential to become machine language.”

“Often it tries to imitate human discourse; the machine wants you to think that it’s human. This is the first level of deception.”

“To become infected. 10 Award-Winng GIFs That WIll Leave You Wanting More. I Could Watch #4 For Days This is the second level of deception.”

“In the third level of deception, the machine convinces itself that it has a physically extended body, that it has an independent mind, that it really wants to produce the text it generates.”

“Secondly, machine language is a decoding…”

Second axiom: communication was never the point.”

“Thirdly, the logic of machine language is one of virality.”

Third axiom: we are not as powerful as we think.”

Final axiom: machine language is the language of God.”

Here are some names and examples that being mentioned in the article. Also some extra readings attached.

André Breton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Breton

Italian Futurists :http://www.italianfuturism.org/

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pico-della-mirandola/

Samuel Taylor Coleridge :https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/samuel-taylor-coleridge

Gertrude Stein :http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/47.106/ (Picasso painting)

Sokal hoax, Borgesian :

https://books.google.com.hk/books?id=ThJJP4b21DwC&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=Sokal+hoax,+Borgesian&source=bl&ots=kqvt7PeN24&sig=jR8zfC0hWj9kESnCI5BMNzHoIlA&hl=zh-CN&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9iYHbzYrLAhUDoZQKHfBGAAIQ6AEIOTAE#v=onepage&q=Sokal%20hoax%2C%20Borgesian&f=false

1997年,索卡和Jean Bricmont合著了《知识的骗局》(Impostures Intellectuelles),在美国出版时名为《时髦的胡说:后现代知识分子对科学的糟蹋》(Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science)。索卡和Bricmont批评了科学知识社会学中的社会构造主义的强势纲领。


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