Is there a Posthuman aesthetic?
As we develop a more nuanced understanding of the relationships between technology, society, and non-human worlds, we become acutely aware of our all-too-human nature. Our human-centrism and exceptionalism is now juxtaposed with the incredible capabilities of other species and algorithmic intelligences. Even when we try to make a leap to embody non-human perspectives, we recognize our inability to escape human-centrism. I think this exact failure to embody other perspectives is an important safeguard from false empathy. It’s also an imposition of our personal understanding of other entities, instead allowing for the space and the possibility to imagine other types of intelligence that are completely different from our own.
This is like the idea that most of us like cakes. When we open a refrigerator door multiple times and see the same cake, we will not be as motivated to eat like if we opened the refrigerator door multiple times, and each time see a different cake (i.e., be exposed to a variable reward)….The objective of introducing better “reward management” abilities was to ensure users spend more time on Facebook as the rewards they are exposed to after the new abilities were implemented are presumed to be larger than before.