I am reading The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Schlain. It many ways it reminds me of the work of Flusser, one of my current obsessions. It is about how reading and writing we wires the mind in a certain way and influences our social dynamics, and most significantly our consciousness. Essentially, writing and reading creates the conditions in consciousness, and favors certain activities in society, that subjugate women. Whether correct or not, I definitely believe that our systems of expression have profound impacts upon our methods of actions.
We are in a new language scheme. I first thought of this as programming, but that is too limited. The new world we are in is that we are no longer about writing sentences but building frameworks, and mainly building performative frameworks – frameworks that do something. If I write a sentence, or a legal code, it is up to someone else to execute it. If I write a computer program it executes itself. If I paint a picture, it is upto another person to interpret it.
In the future, as neural networks write write computer programs, it is up to me to set the parameters for the system, the error tolerance, and other tolerances. This is a different mode of communication. What are the social structures, the belief structures, and even the epistemological structures that this way of communicating will create. I do have some thoughts on this? I think the proliferation of genders is one way that this way of thinking is expressing itself.
When I think about gender transformation I think about interface. To change into a gender other than one assigned by birth either through surgery, hormones, or dress and action is to remap interfaces. This is different from a tattoo for example, which is adorning or decorating the interface. To see everything as pliable, including gender, is an outgrowth of the age of modelling, where in order to act a certain way (as a particular gender) we need to get our inputs and outputs correct.