Beyond good and evil

On the interface V, the policy of the machine is discussed – but without a merchant

It is often interesting for symposia only when the Suhorer ask questions or have comments. These are the moments in which they can prove that they have understood the speaker or even a stucco smarter than he. At the Interface 5, a media theoretical event series of the cultural documents of Hanseatic city of Hamburg, no one had to count on reasons of understanding or even with criticism – the experts once again remained among themselves. Pity actually, because here the "Politics of the machine" discussed, the "Pictures, fantasies and realities of informed society". After all, the audience interest rose as successively on the three days: four, ten and fun – paying guests posted the cash register.

Wolfgang Coy, Professor for Computer Science at the Humboldt University Berlin, wanted to agree on the colorful afternoon "The virtual logic of the machine". Around "logic" However, it did not matter anymore "imagination" and the historical work-up of the uplifting of images and illustrations. Of the geometric evidence of a pythagoras or Euclids, the sea charts, the mathematical evidence up to the circuit diagrams of the electronics.

The picture, so COY, stand and stands as a visual reasoning equivalent next to the font and can certainly achieve its precision. With the technical instruments such as the microscope or the binocular of a Galileo Galilei, the images received a new evidence force, they should be exact images of the real, but at the same time became more and more clear that the calculated picture is out of focus and the interpretation needs. "Where the separation of logical and emotional argumentation is often difficult", How to accept Coy. For example, manufacturers such as Siemens and Phillips betrayed the doctors that their nucleated-resistomographic gates not only integrate false colors, but also pre-interpret and extrapolate. "No tumor has such exact limits, as a recording wife wants us." Simples Credo: On the one hand, the consideration of a picture is not only relevant in the art of context (italic), to another "the text can not replace everything", The picture remains stout of argumentative structures of media companies. Break.

Back in the room was Friedrich Kittler on the podium. It is hardly a lack of militar metaphors or the fact that he has no own prasence in the WWW, which "Guided representatives of German media theory" power? From profession Friedrich Kittler is a professor for asthetics and history of the media, also at the Humboldt University in Berlin. During his "Outlook in the next computer feeder", Which of the eradication of Microsoft and the historically false heroization from Linus Torvald continued forfeben, it came to escape from the Zworer. Since the colleagues from the Scientific Community were not amazed. After more or less successful metaphors, "…and so the internet die like a hawk on our desks", Was the time for tobacco eating mature.

Let’s start Steven Johnson. The author of Interface Culture is a fan of Slashdot, the online community, which is considered a source of open source movement in the USA. His lecture "The Internet from Below" Circled the question of whether the quality of communication can be held in online communities if they can get a certain coarse. His answer: Yes – and Slashdot also shows how.

Each mailing list is suffering from two types: the lurker who reads only with it and there is too little emailing, and the crank who likes to schedule and move too much. "We know him all, the guy, who accumulates any discussion on his favorite topic or simply creates spam", Surveys Johnson. The problem: the crank gives the topics. Slashdot also struggled with these problems until, yes until the quality filters have been introduced. First privilege of an elite, each user was allowed to rate each mail on a scale from one to five. Johnson comes in ride: "Think about Norbert Wiener and his feedback loops, the system rates itself!" Today, for example, Amazon works with a rating system and Johnson’s view will hardly work in the future a webpage without evaluation system. "This is sometime like a website without link."

Thus, the keyword for the second day of the symposium has fallen, namely that of the "self-organisation". In the list of paradigmatic term sounds it has the "Self Organization" also with the media theoretians to the top and thus to Hamburg. Here, however, the circular logic was already known long – the dock workers were pleased to be that you "Wat courage, Dat courage" it has made it to the highest high of the ivory tubes.

So also with Klaus Mainzer, philosopher, scientist theorist and professor. The analogy of evolution, brain and computer networks was the subject of his presentation and fast and complex he traveled through cellular machines, DNA computing and genetic algorithms. In addition to a grub of the apologists of the printed book ("…and those who hold up the holy book, had to be allowed to hold that the GutenbergGalaxis is just a socialized world, and only a few 100 years old, and linear knowledge transfer can not end the wisdom last conclusion…") he stood out that the future of the computer lies in its shift in intelligent environments.

"Computers should make their heads free, not overload us. The Global Networking should also be developed as a technical service on the user, not as its rape." Apparently the man works with Windows.

Enthusiasm was in space to traces, as Mainz visualized the suggestive similarity of internet and neuronal networks like the human brain. The net as a discharge of the brain, there is super-intelligence, but also a grafting gray of a Marvin Minsky or Hans Moravecs. Whether the innovation demanded by Mainz in Old European values given the Hegemony of the US ideology of the "it’s good confirm it works" sufficient? And: those who hold up the holy brain must have to be adhered to the suggestion force of the "Discharge of the brain" also outflow and towhel "Decades of brain" is. Empty stomach and crummer jerking think differently.

Hartmut Bohme, on the other hand, talked about the historical leaders of narrowing and corporatelessness in the Cyberspace. Already Emanuel Swedenborg designed a population in 1758, whose members had to strip their meat and blood to override the threshold to a body sphare. Terribisch Malte Swedenborg painted the picture of a heavenly society that came very close to the concepts of today’s cyberspace. At that time it was the burgeoning science of the electricity, which produced phenomena like Mesmerism.

Bohme, professor for cultural theory, thus clearly underlines that spinal expectations and transcendent wishes were put to any new technical medium: "Still we are usually shamans going to the net with their name and hiking between the realitate. It will be interesting if the reference address is missing in the reality. Then you have no address, you are an address." Ultimately, the Cyberspace is "only" the continuation of immersion in virtual worlds, as they already know people from reading novels and viewing theater pictures. "Only here we have a new kind of overwaling batchthetics, which tackles -multimedia complex- the entire sensory senses. For example, the Cyber body would be the completion of our culture, your true sky – or your true hollow."

What’s more say at the end of the interface 5? In order to remain in the language of the experts: in self-referential rend itself to remove itself to remove themselves and to remove themselves in the order of theorizing, perhaps the cultural heritage coarsent sponsored, seems to be ignored by the audience. Completely hidden the "Plug out"-Problem, because when the environment progresses is also the novelion of the outgoing millennium, the cyber room, no longer exist, it is based on how ultimately everything on the resources of the natural environment. This was not the aim of the interface 5, but certainly to take into consideration for further events of this kind, one sees once of a relation work, which attracts more than 30 burgers in three days.

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