How do the two technologies of blockchain and artificial intelligence actualize and, crucially, automatize the cognition of time? These kinds of machines are increasingly part of both our contemporary present and our prospective future, but how do we really define a present and a future? And more importantly, how do these machines themselves understand, know, and sense time? Can machines really think about the present and dream the future in an autonomous way? In order to unravel these questions, this book follows the "emerging life adventures and experiences" of Sophia, a robot animated by blockchain and AI, to present a study in temporal automation.
Stamatia Portanova is Research Fellow at the Department of Human and Social Sciences, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale" (Naples) and the author of Moving without a Body: Digital Philosophy and Choreographic Thoughts (MIT Press). She has published articles in AI & Society, Body & Society, Computational Culture, Space and Culture, Fibreculture Journal, and Angelaki.