aspect-ratio 10x9 Fotografiert von Mirja de Vries. Ursprünglich veröffentlicht in Das Hexenspiel, Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 1978.

Fotografiert von Mirja de Vries. Ursprünglich veröffentlicht in Das Hexenspiel, Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 1978., Photo: Mirja de Vries

From UMBAU Issue 3 - Chaining - OUT NOW...

"Models of Hand and Head" Matteo Pasquinelli in conversation with Paolo Caffoni

“We perceive our body through a body map that is continuously projected by our brain: the sense of touch is an illusion, as Buddhist philosophy argued once and as contemporary neurology demonstrates today. Similarly, our ideas, the way we think in general, are continuously constructed by our body movements, by spatial and social interactions.” Matteo Pasquinelli

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the book “The Eye of the Master: A Social History of Artificial Intelligence” (Verso 2023), which explores the relationship between AI and the social division of labor.

The interview touches on various topics, including the blurring of the distinction between manual and mental labor, the effects of AI on the definitions of authorship and language, and the lessons we can learn from tools' design. Pasquinelli also discusses his new research project on the historical epistemology of AI and the study of models of reason and unreason.


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About Matteo Pasquinelli:
Matteo Pasquinelli is associate professor in Philosophy of Science at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. From 2017 to 2023 he was Professor of Media Philosophy at HfG Karlsruhe.

About Paolo Caffoni:
Paolo Caffoni is a research associate and PhD candidate at the KIM research group on critical AI studies at HfG Karlsruhe.

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