The Weekly Stripe – 18.09.20
The catch with magic tricks is they are designed to make you wonder how they work - yet as soon as you do know, they lose their enchantment. This week’s links explore the relationship between magic, technology and storytelling. So should you peer inside the black box, if that means losing the magic?
The science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” The Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture asked artists to offer their personal take on that iconic quote.
“Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect” – this holds true not only for tricks performed at Vegas casinos but also, as told in this fascinating podcast, for cutting edge AI software.
Is Artificial Intelligence magic? Or more precisely, how does “Artificial Intelligence”, as a social construct, draw from a body of codified cultural norms pertaining to the history of magical practices?
Another beautifully produced piece about magic tricks and black boxes. Making the most of the podcast form, it lets the listener decide: should they peak behind the curtain or not?
Written pieces which form recalls their content have a beauty of their own. Such is this riveting profile of star magician Teller, who goes on a hunt for an elusive nemesis.