“We’re moving into an era where the system boundaries are not as defined. These underrepresented systems, such as the microbial system and the environment, have suffered and still present significant challenges for designers. While these systems are self-adaptive, complex systems, our unintended effects on them will most likely cause unintended negative consequences for us.”
Design and Science · Journal of Design and Science
Objects are "alive" because, they can be experienced by the living person who sees them "doing their thing", even if their thing is just inert existence.
You know, so far in history we’ve only really had one example of what we’re comfortable calling “intelligence”—and that’s human intelligence. But something the Principle of Computational Equivalence implies is that actually there are lots of things that are computationally just as sophisticated. There’s AI that we purposefully build. But then there are also things like the weather. Yes, we might say in some animistic way “the weather has a mind of its own”. But what the Principle of Computational Equivalence implies is that in some real sense it does: that the hydrodynamic processes in the atmosphere are just as sophisticated as anything going on in our brains.
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