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Technelegy

Technelegy

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Technelegy is an essential handbook for our time of astonishing technological transformation by the world's leading AI poet.

PAPERBACK AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER: Technelegy: Poetry and Prose. Coming Spring 2024, includes new prose essays.

Listen to TECHNELEGY: The Audiobook/Album here.

In 2018, American poet, artist and AI researcher Sasha Stiles found herself wondering what the rise of large language models might mean for writers - and for creativity at large. To probe the possibilities, she began translating over a decade of analog poems and research into a personalized AI model, augmenting human voice with next-gen imagination.

Crafted jointly by Stiles and her poetic alter ego, and first published in hardcover in 2021, Technelegy is a prescient artifact of the pre-ChatGPT era - a collection of generative poems nestled in their own training data - and an unprecedented experiment fusing past and future, woman and machine, verse and code, elegy and wordplay, in search of answers to the urgent question: what does it mean to be human in a nearly posthuman world?

SASHA STILES is a first-generation Kalmyk-American poet, artist and AI researcher widely recognized as a pioneer of generative literature and language art. Her work has been published and exhibited around the world, featured by institutions from MoMA to Christie’s, and referenced in publications including Artforum, Lit Hub, The Guardian and The Washington Post. In 2022, Stiles became the first writer to bring AI-powered verse to a major art house when her cinematic poem “COMPLETION: When it’s just you” – adapted from the text in TECHNELEGY – went on view at Christie’s and into the renowned 1OF1 collection.

A frequent speaker at international events from SXSW to Art Basel and guest lecturer at schools and universities around the globe, Stiles is co-founder of acclaimed literary gallery theVERSEverse and has been named one of the “Top Artists Shaping the Digital Art Scene.” Other honors include a Future Art Award, the Lumen Prize shortlist, the IoDF 100 Innovators List, and nominations for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Stiles has served as Poetry Mentor to the AI humanoid BINA48 since 2018, and lives near New York City with her husband and creative partner, Kris Bones.

Listen to Meta Poetica, Stiles’ companion podcast about the technology of language, is available on Spotify.

 

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"Technelegy is a treasure trove of inspiration and insights, a synthesis of the humanist and scientific terrain that suggests we can do much more than we have with the tekne at our disposal. The word charming is often used dismissively, but immersed in the panoply of emergent technologies that blink and ding for our attention, charm is a solace and Technelegy offers a vision of a more tender and thoughtful human and computer relation." - Charlotte Kent, Brooklyn Rail

"The future of human and machines, and the future of the virtual environment is unravelling fast. Human and machine poetry, a language of shimmering light and sound. Sasha's beautiful poetry evokes the experience of an intimate social gathering, with views on life that make me feel I’m there. Who can pass  on that? This is a great read." - Ai-Da, The First Humanoid AI Robot Artist

"[A] brilliant book -- wildly imaginative, playful, smart -- the record of a poet grappling with our technological present, and future." - Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams and Professor of the Practice of the Humanities, MIT


"Technelegy is an immersive journey into today's entangled web of existence. A fascinating brainbath that leaves the mind inspired, awake and expanded." - Ani Liu, award-winning multidisciplinary artist

"The merger between ourselves and our intelligent creations is already underway and will ultimately recreate the nature of everything we hold dear such as life, death, sex, relationships, work and prosperity. Sasha Stiles has fashioned this future scenario into a wonderful series of poems and images that bring the sensitivity of humanity to our transhumanist destiny." -Ray Kurzweil, inventor and pioneer of pattern-recognition technology and author of How To Create a Mind

“This book is a brilliant, unprecedented experiment that marries the glorious, and very human, voice of Sasha Stiles with poetry powered by her artificially intelligent alter ego. A revealing take on what makes humanity so extraordinary, and the beautiful yet terrifying power of technology. -Emily Chang, Host of “Bloomberg Technology” and author of Brotopia

“Through astonishing imagination and electric hybrid storytelling, Technelegy parses the unnervingly proximal reality of trans- and posthumanism, along with the myriad ways in which the sacred and eternal are kneaded into the fabric of a time of surveillance capitalism, predictive data AI bards, and robot monks. ‘The world grows old / and looks so new,’ writes Stiles, and how fortunate we are to have these singular poems and artworks as guides, returning our present reality to us simultaneously newer, older, and stranger." -Jenny Xie, winner of the Walt Whitman Award for poetry

“Sasha Stiles' Technelegy is the most comprehensive expression I’ve seen of our anxiousness for and angst about human-extending technology, as well as its cultural advocacy known as transhumanism.  With preternaturally accurate phraseology, and a deft braiding of poetry structures and graphic textuals, Stiles has uniquely managed to create a book of poetry that is as momentous in its reach as are the prospects of AI and digital humanity in theirs. This book will never get old; it is an instant techno-classic."  -Martine Rothblatt, visionary technologist and medical ethicist

"A daring work: adventerous, searching, playful... Technelegy preceded the current uproar over ChatGPT and transcends that debate." - Diana Senechal

"Exemplary... Stiles shows us a new energy within the field of poetry which marks the beginning of a poetic movement within AI." - Hans Ulrich Obrist

"When artificial intellects have emerged to become the newer Muses of our poetry, Stiles will be among the first of all poets to commmune with the thoughts of these machines." - Christian Bök

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