Publish-ing when the intended audience are artificial beings such as primitive A.I. life forms


The recent months ave been hectic and productive in our UTD ArtSciLab (  ) . This semester our seminar is around the topic of expertimental publishing and experimental curating (EXPUCU in our local artscilab dialect).

This is a continuation of the Leonardo experimental publishing initiatives over the last 50 years; we have been seeking to document the work of the art/sci/tech networks of villages so that the work can be shared by others. This is our working definition of publishing: documenting your work and sharing it with others.

Our largest recent projects are the ARTECA.MIT.EDU art/sci/tech aggregator with the CreativeDisturbance podcast platform. We are trying to figure out how to document work in our community using multimodal ( various media, but also rhetorical and performative modes), and multiligually. We now have started pulishing via ARTECA in 12 languages, and soon in a number of indigenous languages. One of the premises is that you should be able to document your work in the languages you ‘think with’ , based on recent cognitive science. This can be your ‘mother tongues” ( learned while your brain was still forming its internal language network tools) to your performative languages ( singing opera, writing academic articles). 100 years from now we will all publish in our mother tongues ( from emoji to arabic to spanish to ?) and translation engines will translate- human translates will provide the metaphorical pattern recognition.

And a key new audience that is emerging for publishing is artificial beings. Dr Yvan Tina in the artscilab has been documenting ( see ) how artists are now working with artificial life forms ( from AI to CRISPR creations). More recently Thouseef Syed has birthed our first artscilab ‘virtual assistant” whose name is Besso. We are now trying to publish in ways that the intended audience is the AI software being inside Besso, so that we can share our knowledge using publishing forms that Besso can understand.

This monday evening Ahmer, Syed Adnan in the lab led a discussion on how to publish when the intended audience are AI beings, primitive live forms not unlike our own several million years ago. We coined the term: Public-A.I.tion for this form of experimental publishing. Some of us who are concerned about the unpremeditated explosion of these new primitive AI based life forms joked maybe that Public-Machination was a better term ! A yes survival of the fittest- a Artificial Life is now mutating faster than organic life forms.

So this week our local artscilab dialect includes:

Public-Ation: the task of documenting ones work and sharing it with others in a fixed form (eg an academic journal or a blog post like this one)

Public-Action: A public intervention to share ones work ( a public lecture..)

Public-Interaction: A public activity where both implicit and explicit knowledge can be shared ( eg a workshop, but also interactive digital screens as in done in the PIRL Lab in ATEC at UT Dallas under Anne Balsamo and Dale McDonald). Living ebooks can be a form of evolving Public-Interaction, or the evolving annotated public-ations being pioneered through PubPub (

Public-A.I.tion: Documenting ones work for artificial life forms (AI, CRISPR creatures)

We look forward to our networks of villages translating some of these ideas into their own metaphors and terminologies. I wonder to express these ideas in emoji ?

The work here is very much transdisciplinary ( yes narrow disciplines like astronomy are do much easier to carry out research in- which explains why universities are so often discipinarily myopic).If transdisciplinary research was easy universities would already be doing it.

And collaborative by nature, using current transition co-design methologies. Our transition design approach is led by Prof Cassini Nazir who leads the UTD ATEC Usability research lab. We can list all the 40 or so collaborators involved but they include in addition to the people named above, Scot Gresham Lancaster, Eun-Ah Lee, Kathryn Evans,Linda Anderson, Chandra Ram, Emma Newkirk, Kathrin Ploehn, Aaron Tate, Lauren LaRocca, Shahbazi, Kourosh, …. (this is a ‘3-living’ proto AI publication, and will be updated over the coming years. If your name isnt mentioned yet and you contributed to these ideas, e-yell- this is a Public-Interaction Public-Ation !

Roger Malina





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