Gibson (was: Re: Computer chicken)

Subject: Gibson (was: Re: Computer chicken)
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Sat Oct 01 2005 - 04:32:39 EDT

Here's the Gibson quote I was alluding to.

" Continuity was writing a book. Robin Lanier had told her about
it. She'd asked what it was about. It wasn't like that, he'd said. It
looped back into itself and constantly mutated; Continuity was always
writing it. She asked why. But Robin had already lost interest:
because Continuity was an AI, and AIs did things like that."

I liked the sense of brilliant futility as a kind of side-effect about
as interesting as
something like sweating or having headaches. It's not like someone in
the lab
thought it would be fun to get the program to divert itself, it just
came out that
way. This really played into my feeling, back then anyway, of what
postmodernism was
all about, within the subject of avant-garde art.

-- eliot

Eliot Handelman wrote:

> There's a sentence in Mona Lisa Overdrive that I absolutely love,
> though I
> can't quote it exactly. The domestic AI is writing a novel and someone
> asks, "what's it about?"
> And the answer is, "oh it's not like that at all -- it loops into
> itself, it's the kind of thing
> that AI's do." An in one short image you have the whole history and
> destiny of avant-garde art.

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