In his talk on the TEDxPatras 2019 stage, James Bridle explores the current state of Artificial Intelligence, its impact on Greece and the natural environment, and alternatives to our present course.
As the climate emergency intensifies, oil and gas companies are going to ever more extreme lengths to uncover the remaining reserves of fossil fuels. In Greece, this exploration programme includes targeting pristine marine environments and untouched areas of natural beauty, which are under dire threat of pollution and despoliation. Artificial Intelligence is a key tool in this exploration and exemplifies what happens when new technological tools are turned against human interests.
James Bridle is a writer and artist working across technologies and disciplines. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture, and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Observer. “New Dark Age”, their book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018, and they wrote and presented “New Ways of Seeing” for BBC Radio 4 in 2019. Their work can be found at http://jamesbridle.com.