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Paperback Book
Ignota Books
January, 2021
$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

"This metaphysical blueprint holds odyssean levels of consciousness. This is an alchemic, soulful book. This profound, experimental, technologically-advanced offering wields the power to reconstitute ideas of writing, collaboration and process in our wildest imaginations..." - Irenosen Okojie

During the first summer of the coronavirus pandemic, a diary entry by K Allado-McDowell initiates an experimental conversation with the AI language model GPT-3. Over the course of a fortnight, their exchange rapidly unfolds into a labyrinthine exploration of memory, language and cosmology. The first book to be co-created with the emergent AI, Pharmako-AI takes a hallucinatory journey into selfhood, ecology and intelligence via cyberpunk, ancestry and biosemiotics. Through a writing process akin to musical improvisation, Allado-McDowell and GPT-3 together offer a fractal poetics of AI and a glimpse into the future of literature.

Pharmako-AI reimagines cybernetics for a world facing multiple crises, with profound implications for how we see ourselves, nature and technology in the 21st century.

"Reads like a gnostic's Ouija board powered by atomic kaleidoscopes." —Bruce Sterling, author of The Difference Engine

"This is the first time I feel as if technology is actively participating in our collective effort to make sense of life and our shared destiny. And I'm actually hopeful we may get to do this next stage of existence, together." —Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human

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