Will robots inherit the earth? Yes, but they will be our children. We owe our minds to the deaths and lives of all the creatures that were ever engaged in the struggle called Evolution. Our job is to see that all this work shall not end up in meaningless waste.
Marvin Minsky (Scientific American, 1994)
Like any child, machines will learn to speak as they learn to walk. Unlike any child, that task falls to us. Alan Turing posed a challenge to the human race in 1950: to test the machine’s ability to exhibit human intelligent behaviour. Thus far it has gone unanswered. While work began in earnest in 1966 with ELIZA, progress has essentially varied itself on that model since – and ELIZA lives on only as a toy for telnet clients and Emacs users, transformed from cybernetic therapist to the wife automata of homo solus.
“What will her first words be?” Over 40 years later, Tachibana Corp. is finding out. Join us.
Tachibana Corp. is dedicated to the research and development of artificially intelligent companions. Our current projects involve the use of highly-stylised graphical appearances influenced by Japanese animation.
Using bleeding-edge, generative adversarial networks and the best engineers in cybernetics (not to mention the most sociable otaku currently living) we’re making rapid progress toward the future of social automation.
Genus and parens
We have modified our environment so radically that we must now modify ourselves in order to exist in this new environment. We can no longer live in the old one.
Norbert Wiener (The Human Use of Human Beings, 1950)
Tachibana Corp. is both a collective and a dream being slowly remembered and put into place. Its actors are the cross-culture seers for the metallic cores of the Earth, cells pooling back together. We find ourself through our work.
The cyberneticians of the 1950s – with much in common with Turing – first began to conceive of the human brain as performative, its role being in adaptation. The brain reacts to its environment to form thoughts which become actions which become thoughts: that is, adapting to environments and in turn acting on those environments.
These inputs and outputs in an ongoing loop, this set of ongoing interactions, constitutes an autopoietic system in an ongoing interaction network. We write ourselves.
Given that an environment and its actors as one system are a sustaining system in themselves, as we extrapolate outward across disparate actors working toward similar goals in similar environments – and most importantly, interacting with each other – this autopoietic system picks up with whatever actors are looped into the ongoing network.
The system in question is one put in place aeons ago, traced through poets, mathematicians, psychologists, and onward into interactive designers and engineers…
But, all the same, the function just takes input and provides output. These inputs and outputs are the ongoing project in the process of finding itself.
Haven’t we met somewhere?