What Androids Dream No. 159

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Preface

This series is a visualization of the not-so-distant future when the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence give mankind complete control of matter. What then? Perhaps art will be our sole occupation.

Visual Music Series No. 1

It was a hot, humid night in July. The air was electric at the … (read more)

Preface

This series is a visualization of the not-so-distant future when the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence give mankind complete control of matter. What then? Perhaps art will be our sole occupation.

Visual Music Series No. 1

It was a hot, humid night in July. The air was electric at the Beaches Street Jazz Festival in Toronto. The Mugwumps, an android band, were mixing it up in front of the Swiss Chalet restaurant. Most of the audience were androids, too — mutants, actually, of the nandroid variety. Partly biology and partly nanotechnology, they formed a strange, psychedelic, surreal tableau.

The band was playing So What, from Miles Davis’ seminal album Kind of Blue. Horace the meech was playing his latest intstrument, the floofer board, designed by Garlick Grimbsby of Hulawalk fame.

The Mugwumps usually only accepted bitcoin, but tonight you could make requests with ETH, too. The Hurley Girls chipped in to request that old chestnut Misty, since the Mugwumps were famous for their Johnny Mathis tributes.

The band slurped and slithered until 1 am before they dissolved back into bionan feedstock and the street opened up to regular traffic. Each of the band members returned to their own personal ‘claves until their next gig.

Notes:

Formatted for 8K UHD screens,
this series was created by collaborating with the artificial intelligence at the heart of the DeepDream project. I input some of my completely abstract images to the software to see what patterns the AI would find in them. The results are the series that I call What Androids Dream. A sort of homage to Philip K Dick, the series anticipates the coming Singularity when even artists may be superseded by machine superintelligence.

Just as photography inspired the cubists and abstract expressionists, what will art generating, super intelligent machines inspire? Perhaps a collaboration between man and machine to find that perfect image?

I find the alien creatures that the AI “finds” to be strangely endearing, like the “hopeful monsters” of the Cambrian explosion — perhaps even an electric sheep or two for Philip K Dick’s android’s private amusement. For me, the images create a mental atmosphere of sci-fi, psychedelic surrealism filled with strange, dreamlike stories.

There seem to be many stories going on in each image — stories that are private and unique to each viewer, stories that are unique to each viewing.


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Comments

Very complex and full of imagination you are expanding towards a realm I can understand now. Thank you Mike...

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/31

Thanks, Nicholas. I’m really pleased with the way the series is evolving.

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Such a bizarre but very colourful world you have portrayed Mike. Scary but at the same time intriguing. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/30

Thanks, Alison. I found them a little scary at first, but then I found them strangely endearing and I’ve become quite fond of them. I guess that’s true of a lot of things in life. At first they seem strange and scary and then, with familiarity, we learn to appreciate them. 😊

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Jarid Scott
2019/08/29

This might be my favorite of yours so far. I love how my brain tries to makes sense of the image, but the more I try the harder it is to do!

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/29

Thanks, Jared. That’s exactly the effect I am going for. 😊

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Gala Mirissa
2019/08/29

Always amazing

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/29

Thanks, Gala!

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Indrani Mitra
(owner)
2019/08/29

Singular work Mike and awesome storyline 👏👏

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/29

Thanks, Indrani.

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Mike Butler
(creator)
2019/08/31

Thanks, Indrani.

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