Scientists and artists discuss the symbiotic relationship between technology and human beings in the metaverse
On January 7, 2022, co-hosted by Future Forum, Xichun Foundation and Titanium Media/ChainDD, and supported by MSA Capital, Farfetch, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, UCCA Lab The Future Science and Art Forum was successfully held in Beijing UCCA Lab.
The Future Science and Art Forum, with the theme of “Symbiosis between Science and Technology and Humans under the Metaverse Landscape”, invites outstanding domestic scientists and artists to comprehensively look forward to the future social ecology under the connection of the digital economy, and jointly seek a new path for the transformation and development of human society. Gu Zhenqing, a contemporary art critic and independent curator, said in his speech: “The new crown epidemic has prompted people’s living scenes to shift from offline to online. At the same time, with the development of internet technology, big data, algorithms, 5G, artificial intelligence, With the development of technologies such as blockchain, an internalized road that may change people’s living environment will detonate the technology circle in 2021, that is, the ‘metaverse’. This event invites scientists in life science, astronomy, computer science and other fields, as well as many contemporary Artists start a cross-border dialogue around ‘the symbiotic relationship between technology and people under the metaverse landscape’, hoping to stimulate the collision of scientific and artistic thinking, and provide some inspiration for the development direction of social ecology and economic ecology in the digital age.”
Explore the underlying logic of scientific invention and artistic creativity
Science and art are two ways in which human beings creatively grasp the world. In the history of human development, scientific discoveries, methods and knowledge often have an impact on art, and artistic means and methods will also affect science through their application in science. . During the activity, scientists and artists discussed and exchanged views on “the underlying logic of scientific invention and artistic creativity”.
Wang Haoyi, a young director of the Future Forum and a researcher at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said at the event: “My personal understanding is that the essence of life is information. From the perspective of genetics and molecular biology, in the process of evolution, different species and Individual gene sequence information undergoes constant selection and competition, and what remains is the sequence that is most able to survive and amplify. This is the competition of chemical information. Today’s cultural information competition is, to some extent, related to the selection of biological DNA sequences. It is very similar to competition, but it occurs in the human consciousness and cultural community. For example, we receive explosive information content every day, and some Internet hot words, literary works or ideas are transmitted to our brains in large quantities. With the constant competition in the brain and consciousness, the most disseminating information content will be preserved. With the development of the digital information age, it is natural for the social form to develop in the direction of digitalization + virtual reality.” He believes that the development trend of digitalization Undoubtedly, there are still many deficiencies in science and technology to realize the ideal “metaverse”, and it may take more than 10 years of exploration and development.
Zhang Fan, a young scientist of the Future Forum and an associate professor of the Department of Astronomy of Beijing Normal University, believes that science seeks truth and refines objective laws, which is rational, while art refines human emotions and is perceptual, but whether it is scientific creation or artistic creation, They can all inspire each other with inspiration. Talking about the construction of the “metaverse”, Zhang Fan said: “The virtual world is not limited by the physical laws of the real world, and the construction of the “metaverse” can produce different flowers. From the perspective of technological development, the concept of the “metaverse” The proposal has opened up a vast ocean of digital technology, and there is still a lot of room for development in the future.”
Contemporary artist Sun Yuan said that when people talk about creativity, they must first define creativity. In his view, whether it is science or art, creativity is not a single one, but a comprehensive ability. Only with this comprehensive ability can it be called creativity.
Miao Xiaochun, a professor and doctoral supervisor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, said: “The creativity of science and art is actually a kind of different paths, and we don’t need to look at them separately.” In his view, the creativity of an artist stems from a strong curiosity about the world. Scientists are actually the same. And, to a certain extent, the creativity of many scientists also stems from their commitment to national interests and social responsibility, which is a more shocking driving force. When it comes to digital technology giving more possibilities to artistic creativity, Miao Xiaochun said that digital technology has opened up a new world for artistic creation. In recent years, he has been trying to use 3D printing technology to make sculptures, and he I am also very pleased to see that the development of digital technology has also inspired many scientists or scholars to join in the creation of art.
Talking about the symbiotic relationship between technology and human beings in the metaverse
Under the convergence of the digital economy, what kind of world will human beings be in in the future? How will the “metaverse” change the current social and economic ecology? At the event site, scientists and artists discussed and exchanged views on “the symbiotic relationship between technology and people under the metaverse landscape”.
Li Feifan, Partner of Titanium Media Group and President of ChainDD, shared the theme of “Metaverse – New Migration of Wealth and Attention Based on Digitalization”. In his view, the next wave of the digital economy will generate changes in human-computer interaction based on the top-level network logic of the blockchain, enabling the real digital economy to burst. At the same time, the “metaverse” must build a stable value foundation based on the real world. Without distributed tokens, the blockchain ecosystem will have a hard time finding a way out. “Although the big factories are currently building a ‘metaverse’, due to the decentralized nature of the ‘metaverse’, it really plays a key role. Those who contribute code and artistic creation are Internet technicians who believe in the ‘metaverse’. The era is also a bonus period for the younger generation,” he said.
In the dialogue session, Gao Feng, an assistant professor and researcher at the School of Arts of Peking University, said that in fact, the team is currently developing a “metaverse” platform, but there are still many challenges. As for the future application experience of “Metaverse”, Gao Feng believes that it is worth looking forward to: “For example, we want to paint with Qi Baishi and have a drink with Li Bai, which cannot be realized in reality. Through the “Metaverse”, it may be possible to Experience the feeling of ‘traveling through’ once.”
Chen Shuyu, a special research assistant at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: “There are two forms of digital content creation in the ‘metaverse’. The first is the traditional form, which captures existing objects in the physical world, using 3D scanners, or manually constructed by artists. 3D model. The other is to create virtual digital content, creating content outside the real world. The content created can be virtual characters or objects. The traditional digital reconstruction cost is high, and we are currently exploring low-cost technology of creation and reconstruction, such as the reconstruction of digitized virtual objects through video shooting, to build a bridge between the real and virtual worlds.”
Xue Lei, a contemporary artist and a visiting professor at Renmin University of China, pointed out that the establishment of the “metaverse” needs to be completed by multiple community circles in multiple dimensions, and a single enterprise cannot do it in a short time. At the same time, in the process of building the “metaverse”, regional regulations and cultures must be integrated. In addition, referring to the current European theoretical research on the future city, the city has been defined as the ubiquitous interaction of capital through the planning of the city from the area where people lived in the past, and further defines the behavior of each person in the city. , these will definitely affect the metaverse social form in the virtual world, and it is difficult to be changed by the idealized construction concept. Although the “metaverse” is characterized by decentralization, community rules and core culture are still difficult to be decisively regulated by the participation of ordinary people.
Fei Jun, a professor and doctoral supervisor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, said that recently inspired by a friend, he believes that the real “metaverse” is the universe itself. He pointed out that the “metaverse” we are talking about today may just be an intermediary that interconnects human and cosmic energies. At present, people pay more attention to the superficial meaning of the “metaverse”, such as life, social interaction, office, consumption, etc. But we can continue to dig deeper into the philosophical implications of the “metaverse.” If the correlation between living organisms is constructed in a “metaverse”, then it can help us open up a more complete view of the universe, which is a very imaginative concept. The future world will be a pluralistic world. The physical world, the digital world and the living world will jointly form a pluralistic world with a more complete cosmology and life outlook. This pluralistic world will profoundly affect our life, ecology and life. .
Li Feifan, partner of Titanium Media Group and president of ChainDD, pointed out in the dialogue: “Metaverse” is the initial stage of the virtual world platform. At present, the market is still discussing trends and concepts. How do people create higher latitudes? It is the core issue that we have to judge so far. When the “metaverse” becomes a “virtual universe” in the true sense, it must not be iterated and expanded from a few closed networks.
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