Kurzweil’s popular website, Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence News, tracks the daily, major breakthroughs in science and technology — and explores the implications of these news stories through articles, blog posts, and comments by readers. The publication features interesting perspectives on a wide range of fields including biomedicine and biotechnology, artificial intelligence, computing paradigms, robotics, human augmentation, and virtual reality, to name a few.
David Bent’s stunning portraits of high-tech, advanced aviation — where machine-as-marvel is a critical theme — have long been on the Kurzweil radar. His acclaimed works of art fascinate with their simple austerity — and, at the same time, surprise with their mesmerizing intimacy. Bent’s work is both distant and revealing, reflecting a unexpected “humanness” in the visages of these daring machines. The amazing mechanics, at once so alien and unemotional, are still reflections of our deepest human aspirations. They speak to our most profound longings: power, adventure, evolution, beauty, symmetry, strength, clarity, speed, purpose, perfection, walking the moon and touching the cosmos. Bent’s super-craft are incredible machines, yet born from human ingenuity and imagination. So, his work is ultimately a celebration of the mind of humanity.
Bent’s new Aerobots photo collage series portrays an altogether endearing robot family. The adorable bots, each with individual personalities, retain an individuality, charm, and consciousness that is instantly recognizable as human. The series is a collective metaphor, perhaps, for the human-centric, organic, powerful high-tech emerging all around us that will dominate our near future. This, especially, speaks to the core of Kurzweil’s main thesis: that advancing technology in artificial intelligence, robotics, and human augmentation is emerging, not from outside the circle of human needs and awareness, but from deep within us. Our technology, today and tomorrow, is “not some alien race” come to dominate and enslave. Rather, our technology is self-expressive, and will reflect our culture, personalities, and deepest needs. “The A.I.s and robots of tomorrow will encapsulate all the subtle nuances of human emotion, language capability, and critical thinking,” Kurzweil has said, “They will look and act human, we will relate to them as human, not as machines.” Our technology — no matter how autonomous — is, after all, part of us.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence News is pleased to feature a slide show of Aerobots, sharing David Bent’s work with our large, multinational audience of bright thinkers who will thoroughly enjoy these engaging and provocative works of arts.
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To preview David Bent's Aerobots, visit bentartgallery.co.uk/.