"Because I used a computer to write this paper, this piece of paper is not an original, but merely a copy of something stored in digital code on my computer's hard disk. I can print numerous copies that will all look exactly the same. In fact, I can make copies of the "original" computer file, and no one will be able to tell them apart, the original file will disappear between all the copies and become one of them. There is nothing that can tell the difference between the original and the copy". So perhaps the point is not that Seeker1's text could have been written by an AI, as that's still pretty unlikely at this point in technological innovation, and just obscured his point: that he is hyperreality in that moment he is writing something intended for cyberspace, because the whole concept of original in regard to anything digital becomes so precarious, it becomes so possible for the information to come from a variety of sources, yet seemlessly fit together as if it were an original and to the reader, who cannot tell the difference, it becomes one and the same.
 anthro-l: december-1993: Hyperreality
Has Reality Become Only Screen Deep?
|navigation tips||physical sources||digital sources||feed me back|