🤩🎻🤖 206 - Scout Rainer Wiley on AI vs. BS Jobs, The Return of Culture, and Eldritch Wonders in The Bright Apocalypse
A profound and shamelessly undisciplined discussion between neurodivergent friends...
...about AI, art, culture, celebrity, identity, and trauma.
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This week on Future Fossils, I’m joined by returning guest my friend Scout Rainer Wiley, metamodern ritual artist, expectation-defying wunderkind, and host of the blog and podcast The Oscillator’s Stone for a conversation about…well…
Here, I’m going to let the superb language model at Podium.Page break it down for you. I wouldn’t call this list “exhaustive” since we let the ADHD faeries carry our discussion wherever they liked, but I’m pretty impressed with this briefing:
1. The episode delves into the complex intersection of art, culture, and artificial intelligence. It brings to light the implications of AI on our lives, potentially liberating us from the attention economy and the idea of work as a requirement for survival.
2. The conversation touches upon the significance of local scenes in the era of globalization and scrutinizes the perils of celebrity worship.
3. Intellectual property rights and ownership boundaries in the age of late capitalism are explored, sparking a debate about fairness and the redistribution of wealth in an increasingly digital and AI-driven world.
4. The episode delves into socio-economic issues, discussing how rising real estate prices and the scarcity of affordable housing impact culture.
Unanswered Questions and Potential Inquiries:
1. How can AI be used to promote cultural diversity rather than appropriating and diluting it?
2. How can the power of AI be harnessed to address socio-economic issues such as housing affordability?
3. Can AI help us understand and navigate the complexities of celebrity culture, or will it exacerbate the problems?
4. What does the future of intellectual property rights look like in an age of increasingly advanced AI?
5. How can the insights of indigenous and black sci-fi writers inform our approach to the future?
6. As technology continues to reshape our world, how do we maintain the importance of local scenes and individuality?
7. How can the lessons of metamodernism inform our approach to the future, particularly in relation to technology and AI?
8. Can AI play a role in addressing ancestral traumas, and if so, how?
Overall, this podcast episode offers a thought-provoking exploration of the intersections of art, culture, and AI, sparking questions about our future in an increasingly AI-driven world.
HA! Wow. There you have it. Imagine all that only through the filter of two delightfully bizarre transmedia philosopher-artists at their Casual Friday best.
(0:00:00) - Culture's Impact on Art Exploration
(0:06:16) - AI's Impact on Work and Culture
(0:21:05) - Scale and Local Scenes
(0:27:49) - Scene and Cultural Shift Impact
(0:33:42) - Doom, Hope, and the World Reflections
(0:48:54) - Metamodernism, Apocalyptic Themes, and Personal Reflections
(0:58:38) - Exploring Ancestral Traumas and Embracing Romanticism
(1:05:49) - Exploring Popularity, Culture, and the Future
Music in this episode:
“Biome Seven” from Biosphere Dreaming
“The Luminous Night” from Empty Frames
Weezer - “My Name is Jonas”
Pierre-August Cot - The Storm (painting)
Stuart Davis - Bright Apocalypse
Daniel Görtz + Michael Garfield + Tom Amarque on metamodern deep futurism
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (TV series)
Taylor Swift - “Blank Space” (music video)
Harley Quin (Batman franchise)
Queen’s Gambit (TV series)
Victoria Nelson - The Secret Life of Puppets
Michael Garfield - “In Defense of Star Trek: Picard and Discovery”
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