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… a genius has no right to die …

The Mae West room in the dali museum in Figueras, Spain. Image credit: Dali museum

Just finished to read an intriguing article by Patrick Henz on “What Surrealism can teach us about Artificial Intelligence”. Even if you are not into arts (nor AI) it is a worth reading.

I have been few years ago in the Dali museum in Figueras, Spain, a few km beyond the French Southern border and even though I am no artist buff I was fascinated by the Dali museum, by the way he was able to represent images that emerged from elements, like the face of Mae West, in the picture, emerging from the placement of a few objects in a space.

I haven’t seen the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, in Florida US, that is mentioned in the article (although after reading it I am planning to visit it, once the US will -eventually- reopen their borders) where using artificial inteelligence they have created a sort of posthumous Digital Twin of Dali (watch the clip). The digital reconstruction and life of Dali was made possible by using thousands of video recordings of Dali, plus records of his interviews and writings. Among them one that, apparently, makes away with his privacy rights:

When you are a genius, you do not have the right to die, because we are necessary for the progress of humanity.

The creation of his digital twin extends his life beyond his death, probably he would be ok with that. Just last week, unaware of Patrick’s article, I posted some thoughts on digital life extending our mortal life.

The association of Digital Twins to Dali may be stretching the concept a little bit but if you think about it, it might be appropriate. Surrealism is about the creation of an emerging reality out of physical realities and Dali was a master. Many of his paintings and sculptures are creating an emerging reality that in a way is not there nor in any parts of the masterpiece. It is the ensemble that creates the perception of a new reality.

Interestingly today, and even more so in the coming years, we have an expanding toolset of technologies and applications that let us create an emerging reality from data, partly mirroring the physical world and partly created out of the blue. Artificial intelligence and Virtual Reality combines to provide a digital space that can become our Digital Reality.

Do read Patrick’s article. You gonna like it!

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.

One comment

  1. Thanks Roberto, I assume based on technological progress, we will see more of these type of digital twins. An interesting topic to keep on the radar.