Conceptual media artist, activist and educator Patrick Lichty joined the Plutopia Live show for a wide-ranging discussion of current events and the future. We explored migration and borders, climate change, AI and art, and the techno-tsunami of new ideas.
When we think of the idea of the future, I think something that’s a relatively new thing I think is really, really interesting called Paleo-Future Studies and the idea of what the future … in other words, like the future isn’t what it used to be. And so what happens, I think part of the questions I was thinking about and asking was the matter of saying what is the future now as opposed to what it was, as opposed to “2001, A Space Odyssey.” We’re now thinking about AI, whether crypto technology, blockchain technology is actually going to take hold. And I think AI is going to transform a lot of things. It reminds me of an event very similar to that, when my father retired over computers coming to his insurance office, and I think this is as big of a shift. It’s as big of a shift as smartphones.