Memo Akten: Learning to see
The way the sky gradually changes tonality is understood as a particular curve in space. After being fed thousands of images of the sea and rocks, the software can generate images that are a typical, average view of sea and rocks. This is its world and it knows it well enough to reproduce it. But what happens therefore when its camera or its information feed is trained on something different? In this case a yellow duster, hands and a piece of blue fabric, some wires, a plug and other bits and pieces.
The program can't see the dark mass as a plug, it can only see the experience as a rock. The duster is read as sea, a fold in the duster as sea breaking over a rock, the edge between one material and another the edge between the sea and the sky, a moving hand becomes a sheet of water.
The implication is that if you as a human being grew up in one particular culture/environment everything you would see after that would be 'coloured' by your initial experience. In fact it would be impossible to 'see' the world as it really is, because the world is not a series of objective things, it is a set of relationships, that are read in as many ways as there are readers. The person calling for Brexit is not going to be convinced by another's argument that we should remain, because their world view is so different. Of course gradually the camera feed would educate the right hand world and if the same amount of hours input were given relating to this new environment, dusters would become to be seen as dusters. However because viewpoints can take a lifetime to be constructed, many of us can't take that time to immerse ourselves in another person's point of view, therefore we will forever see the duster as a sea and the plug as a rock.
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