When I was going to school, I had a few great teachers and a lot of mediocre teachers. And the thing that probably kept me out of jail was the books. I could go and read what Aristotle or Plato wrote without an intermediary in the way. And a book was a phenomenal thing. It got right from the source to the destination without anything in the middle.
The problem was, you can’t ask Aristotle a question. And I think, as we look towards the next fifty to one hundred years, if we really can come up with these machines that can capture an underlying spirit, or an underlying set of principles, or an underlying way of looking at the world, then, when the next Aristotle comes around, maybe if he carries around one of these machines with him his whole life–his or her whole life–and types in all this stuff, then maybe someday, after this person’s dead and gone, we can ask this machine, “Hey, what would Aristotle have said? What about this?” And maybe we won’t get the right answer, but maybe we will. And that’s really exciting to me. And that’s one of the reasons I’m doing what I’m doing.
From a speech at the International Design Conference in Aspen. In hindsight, one can find not only what is now available in ChatGPT but also the iPhone in this vision.
“Caesar: “The ides of March are come.”
Soothsayer: “Ay, Caesar; but not gone.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
“The moods and thoughts of man are revolving just as steadily and incessantly as nature’s. Nothing must be postponed. Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in cach moment. Take any other course, and life will be a succession of regrets. There is no world for the penitent and regretful.”
― Henry David Thoreau, The Journal, 1837-1861, p. 563
We must remain spacious in order to accommodate the increasing grief which will arise in us as we grow older in the world. We must continue to expand in that spaciousness, until we become the boundless self. Grief is not to be overcome, but to be accommodated, with loving kindness for self and others. It is another name for love.
— Andō. from her most recent Patreon newsletter.
The first change that takes place is in your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move…It will just be something you see and you’ll think, “Oh I’m on the wrong page.”
— Gil Scott-Heron on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.
— Brian Eno (via BrainPickings)