Once upon a time in the near future, an artist and a neuroscientist, located on opposite sides of the North Sea, met. They talked about the introduction of mechanics within biomedical sciences and the increased capacity of modelling the brain for artificial intelligence.
Their key questions: where are the boundaries of human-ness in a world of integrated and invasive technologies? How might we respond to a machine that characterises human behaviours, and even contain human memories, through a reconstructed nervous system? The artist and scientist decided to make such a machine, with the actual brain data of the artist as a foundation for this novel smart machine. At the time some called it a cybernetic creation, others described it as a flying humanoid drone, but most people just referred to it as that creepy floating object. It was first spotted on November 27th 2015, above Eindhoven, The Netherlands. What happened before this machine saw the light of day? An e-mail correspondence between the two masterminds of this endeavour was recently discovered. This correspondence between Dutch neuroscientist Marcel de Jeu and British speculative designer Agi Haines reveal the unfolding of a philosophical narrative.
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