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Bill Seaman
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Bill Seaman is Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. He is a member of the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences and is active in ongoing research. His research in part focuses on Neosentience (Forthcoming book with Otto Rössler, Intellect Press), a potentially new branch of scientific and poetic inquiry related to artificial intelligence. The term Neosentience was first suggested in a paper by Seaman as part of a new embodied robotic paradigm, arising out of ongoing theoretical research with Otto E. Rössler. Rössler, theoretical biologist and physicist, and Seaman, artist-researcher, have been examining the potential of generating an intelligent, embodied, multi-modal sensing, and computational robotic system. Although related to artificial intelligence the goal of this system is the creation of an entity exhibiting a new form of sentience. Seaman also creates generative and "Recombinant Poetic" artworks that explore differing forms of image, music, text and interface relationships through computational interaction, combinatoric media/database aesthetics, as well as generative computer-based systems. His work Passage Sets (Wall of Light Version) has been featured on the digital wall in the Link at Duke of late (with Todd Berreth). His collaborative work with Daniel Howe, The Architecture of Association was featured last year in the Chat Festival in the RENCI center, Chapel Hill and in Paris at the Grand Palais in a major media show entitled Dans La Nuit, Des Images. The work is also installed in the East Duke Building. He is currently working on A Virtual World Generating system in collaboration with programmer Gideon May and Rachel Brady at Duke's Dive which will become an open source tool for both artistic and scientific exploration. He is also working on the creation of a new set of digital tools to aid in contemporary research called the "insight engine" [generative/recombinant informatics]. His teaching covers a number of differing Digital Media, Art and Visual Studies topics including: Experimental Interface Design; Perspectives - Navigating the Digital Visual; and The Human as Computer - Toward a new Artistic and Computational Paradigm.
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