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As you pore through this site, effortlessly and unquestioningly synthesising the thousands of pixels which illuminate the front portal of a boundless, wildly complex web, it’s likely you can agree that as a society we are deeply entwined with the digital realm. We are increasingly forced to be more than human, whether we want to or not. Our identities sucked into the digital domain, splintering into virtual counterparts that exist alongside our physical selves.

Our experiences are enhanced or augmented as we interact with this world through artificial interfaces, blurring the boundaries between corporeal and synthetic environments. Computer scientist Ray Kurzweil speculates that in the distant future, the human species might withdraw into an entirely virtual world, leaving robot avatars to safely interact with the physical world on our behalf. If we understand this to be the new mode of ‘being’ do we also need to recalibrate our notion of what is ‘real’?

Within this theme students have considered how we can navigate this paradigm shift. Where are the boundaries of the self when we create digital identities? Does ‘being human’ matter? What is the nature of ‘being’ without physical dimensions? How have relationships changed as a result of the internet? What are the potential consequences of AI?

Spanning topics such as social media, posthumanism, gamification, artificial intelligence, human-machine interfaces and augmentation, and their social, ethical, or practical consequences, these projects consider how online identities can be plural or flexible and the ways in which we define ourselves as human or other.

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33 Projects for Being Digital

The Posthuman Microbotanical

A virtual sensory experience formed with generative AI tools that places the viewer into the surreal perspective of an insect
Being DigitalArtificial IntelligenceCommunicationThe Body