τεχ is Art

Berkeley, Sunday, March 8, 2020 7:42 PM

I wrote yesterday a stupid joke about artificial intelligence, but actually artificial intelligence is great.

The most simple example that comes to my mind is to code a chart where we just plug in the data, and then we get the chart without having to code the production of chart itself but just changing properties for better display the data. Same would apply for doing a regression that would describe our discrete data points in a continuous distribution.

There are plenty of computer or algorithm aid processes that we do not need to write each time and rather rely on the inputs and parameters, to obtain the desired outputs. However, for making those automatic process, which can be as simple as the formatting of a document, I do believe that is good to know the algorithms that are working behind.

Computers such as the von Neumann machine or the Turing machine, have plenty of potential. If one thinks all the analysis, decision making, plans, reports, maps, and the list just goes on that one can do through these machines, it makes them perhaps the most powerful machines currently available. Interestingly they are, perhaps from the powerful machines categories, the most easy accessible. Everyone just can either go to a store or to a public machine access to them, use them, though I do not know if everyone is interested on driving them.

i think that every driver, without necessarily being a hardware/mechanical engineer or a craftsman is in need to acquire knowledge with practice on how his/her machine works. It applies for the professional car driver or for the heavy machine operator, I think that should apply for the airplane pilot, as well as it applies to professional guitarist, pianist and more.

At the end the ultimate goal is produce good things with either those instruments or machines we have invented. As Donald Knuth (1984) said the word τεχ in Greek means art. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, The wide spread latin and English word tecnologia – technology comes from the ancient Greek words τέχνο- techno, which to my understanding means both art and craft, and -λογία -logy. I will leave logy for another analysis, but the fact is that we have understood from our early days of our current evolution that craft and technology are art.

As a final note, i want to mention that in ancient Greek τέκτων means carpenter (Oxford English Dictionary). A profession that that the Son of Man applied until His 30s, before His three years of public speaking campaign.

References:

Knuth, D. 1984. The Texbook (Vol. 3). Illustrations by Duane Bibby. Addison-Wesley.

Oxford English Dictionary (2000). Oxford University Press.

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