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A cultural detective's journey into philosophy, art, sociology, and psychology with Ryder Richards. (Formerly known as "The Will to DIY")

let's THiNK about it Ryder Richards

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

A cultural detective's journey into philosophy, art, sociology, and psychology with Ryder Richards. (Formerly known as "The Will to DIY")

    {AI}ice's Odyssey in DALL-E Land

    {AI}ice's Odyssey in DALL-E Land

    Ryder Richards talks about his exhibition based on Salvador Dali's (1969) illustrations of "Alice in Wonderland." Considering them un-Dali, he asks DALL-E to draw inspiration from John Tenniel, the original illustrator, and re-invent them as a Dali-esque blend.

    After several "failed" attempts to achieve his goal, Ryder used ChatGPT, NotebookLM, and Claude to rewrite "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" utilizing Dali's surreal symbology. The resultant illustrations became more compelling and odd, and with practice at developing blended consistency, character, and style, Richards offers a re-envisioned version of the tale.

    Lecture delivered at West Texas A&M, Canyon, Texas, on March 25, 2024

    https://www.letusthinkaboutit.com/aiices-odyssey-in-dall-e-land/

    0:00 AI-generated art and its applications.
    2:36 AI's potential impact on society.
    7:55 Cybernetics, control systems, and the future of humanity.
    13:11 AI-generated art and its impact on human creativity.
    17:36 Art, AI, and creativity.
    20:03 Using AI for art generation and creativity.
    26:43 Using AI for art generation and consistency.
    31:40 AI art, creativity, and ownership.
    36:29 Using AI to generate art, limitations and creative choices.

    • 41 min
    Art and AI

    Art and AI

    A lecture diving into the promises and perils of AI in art through artist Ryder Richards' recent museum lecture on technology's impact on creativity, humanity, bias, consciousness, and our shared future.

    Beyond near-term hype, as AI increasingly penetrates cultural realms like art, urgent questions arise around human creativity versus artificial generation. This lecture traverses philosophical tensions from Cybernetics to Marxism to Silicon Valley god-complexes shaping our AI future, as well as considering aura, human dignity, and the limits of technology.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Kant and the rise of subjective relativism

    Kant and the rise of subjective relativism

    Ryder Richards discusses how Kant bypasses the conundrum of fate vs. determinism, vouching for the transcendent realm.

    Kant introduced a philosophy that actually does have a square grid, with the influential idea of a priori knowledge in one quadrant. This abstract knowledge exists in Kant’s unknowable "noumenal" realm. This marked a departure from Hobbes and Newton, who emphasized submitting to the laws of reality discovered through science and experimentation to uncover the secrets in this realm.

    https://www.letusthinkaboutit.com/step-81-kant-and-the-rise-of-subjective-realism/

    • 26 min
    Transcendent Escapism

    Transcendent Escapism

    Ryder Richards explores the spectrum between truth and lies, arguing that humanity uses abstraction and catastrophe fantasies to bypass reality and construct dangerous universal rules that validate our desires.

    • 22 min
    Skipping Reality

    Skipping Reality

    In this podcast, Ryder Richards uses the analogy of a ping pong game with reality as the net to examine how truth and superficiality can become untethered abstractions that escape reality. He explores how truth-seeking can turn into rigid ideology and superficiality into manipulative propaganda. Richards suggests reality should act as a filter to catch the excesses of these abstractions.

    He highlights Plato's cave and Disneyland as examples.

    The podcast offers two potential solutions - Isiah Berlin's "communicative rationality" based on logic and definitions and meditation to become present. Overall, Richards cautions against abstractions divorced from reality and our reactive desires to blindly believe them.

    • 17 min
    The Parallax View

    The Parallax View

    The Parallax View is an approach by Slavoj Zizek to reconsider Hegelian Dialectics; instead of sublation or overcoming, what if we can adjust perspective and the seeming antagonistic opposition (an insurmountable deadlock) can be seen in as "short-circuiting" - that is, providing an inherent explanation from a new point of view. It is not synthesizing ideas (melding them into One) because the subject needs tension as part of its functioning.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

hip-gnosis-dallas ,

intelligent life is here not out there

When searching for content to fill my drive time, I am often bored or annoyed by podcast presenters and end up listening to public radio (the music station). But after listening to Survelience Capitalism by Ryder, time passes quickly (engaging content) and I also have a few laughs (his voice effects) and learn a few new words (big vocabulary).

Lucy Deasley ,

Brilliant thought provoking delivered with humor

This podcast makes you think about daily acceptances of “the way things are” that deserve to be questioned. It challenges authenticity of thought and a true search for true facts to support theories. I enjoy they pointing out daily of hypocrisy not overly obvious to me prior to listening. Definitely recommend listening to this one!

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