The Singularity Is Here: Human 2.0
Final Project, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (BA Visual communication degree)
Presented in the annual graduate Exhibition, July 2019.
3D Modeling & Photoshop photomontage technique.
5 months of research and design work.
Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Matt Fibre, 350/gsm July 2019.
Arched black wood frame with embossed typography by cnc machine.
"The Singularity Is Here: Human 2.0" is a triptych describing the futuristic technological year of singularity as a turning point in civilization and humanity; a year in which a perfect synthesis of man and machine is achieved. A technological singularity refers to a futuristic point in time in which computers obtain intellectual capacity surpassing that of the natural man; an artificial intelligence that could generate the technology to change humanity in drastic ways. The work alludes to Renaissance classic works of art and is inspired by the techniques related to that era like the use of perspective, Mannerism and realistic imagery. Furthermore, it relies on architectural principles of the ancient classics.
Renaissance and Enlightenment thinkers believed in man's superiority and his ability to form a just, moralistic existence. In the Second Renaissance, in which humanity transcends biology, man is no longer the grandest creature alive as it is outshined by 2.0 humans; more intelligent and, of course, immortal. From the point of singularity onwards, a post-humanistic society crystalizes, devoid of divine morality and governed by human knowledge, old and new.
The point of singularity, futuristic and ambitious as it may seem, is not detached of our present reality. Science constantly explores the fusion of man and machine and the philosophical- moralistic debate is alive and kicking. The road to the described singularity point is paved with three significant revolutions (GNR): genetic revolution, Nano-technology and robotics. Along with major past revolutions of mankind, they get us closer to the inevitable outcome of humanity's triumph over itself.