April 3, 2020
As the pandemic hit, I reached out to Dr. Wires, who’s been in hibernation for a couple of years. I had a sense of urgency and uncertainty, being at the Lower East side of Manhattan. His research focuses on conversation theory and cybernetics. He lectures on these topics and he is very outspoken. I really wanted to hear his point of view, to make sense of the mess we are living in. Dr. Wires is very clear, direct and as we say in Panamá “no tiene pelos en la lengua” (it translates as “he has no hairs in his mouth” basically that he speaks his mind freely – It is quite refreshing!).
Dr. Wires’s sassiness, irreverence, purity of intention and rigorous honesty (both emotionally and intellectually) was captured in a conversation and in all seriousness we shared it with the Sigbovik 2020 conference at Carnegie Mellon University (held online). Listen, enjoy and start meaningful conversations, even if remote.
Question 1: What is the meaning of Cybernetics? Could you explain the relationship that Cybernetics proposes “Human as Designer and Machine as Designer”?
Question 2: What are your thoughts on identity and AI (Artificial Intelligence)?