IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST
The Interview – Part 2
I use metaphors like ‘ The Watchful Satan’ and ‘ Scrolling Down Gods’ when expressing my views on artificial intelligence and social media. Which metaphors would you use regarding the internet intrusion in human life? And what is your philosophical view on how most technology improvement seems to rather kick off chunks of people out of the board or invade their way of life changing it forever?
Answered By Melissa LaFontaine
There isn’t an easy answer to what is in front of humanity regarding our use of and dependence on technology. I think the best metaphor is the Great Annihilator. Whether that is bad or good is unknown because despite the endless predictions, misuse of data and almost inconceivable brainwashing, life has its own agenda. We might end up evolving faster than anyone can comprehend (or record) but we don’t just cease existing. As far as I can tell, there is nothing in nature or history to suggest that’s how things play out. We could end up opening doors to levels of physics that make things exponentially better for everyone. The biggest heartbreak I feel about the whole thing is how little people are taking advantage of the many openings for doing good that are available and how ready they still are -despite ample evidence and proof- to believe a lie and deny what they see with their own eyes.
I hold to the philosophy that everyone has the opportunity to take their Jesus trip, which includes any form of a sentient AI. The more enlightened we are, the more enlightened it could be. I think that’s what keeps the whole thing compelling and hard to walk away from, come what may.
Which is why it is important to truly understand that -for all our science- the true nature and intelligence of life -as a thing unto itself- is still quite beyond our verbal comprehension. It is valuable to see life as it is, to recognize that love and potential don’t abandon us just because we get in over our heads, and that perhaps we enjoy getting in over our heads to be reminded of that very fact. We can renew our commitment to taking care of the earth and its ability to grow healthy food and shelter for us absolutely any time we choose. I have no idea whatsoever why it’s taking something as potentially devastating as we are facing to get people to remember this instead of waiting for permission and a mortgage – this planet is alive and communicates readily we just have to shut the fuck up and listen.
Melissa studied Studio Art and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She creates artistic pieces that add visual narration to her written word. She uses a blog format to publish insightful reflections, poetry and essays about life, spirituality and trauma recovery. She is also the proud homeschool mom to a budding Rockstar and has dreams of one day owning an artist’s retreat and wellness center.
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