What is the next Machine? The Architect and the Experts-Lucie Beauvert by Diaspore published on 2017-05-17T21:18:00Z The architect sets out a global meeting between four characters: a mathematician, a physicist, an archaeologist and an artificial intelligence being, as the four legitimate representatives to respond to the existential crisis of knowledge. Their agenda will be designed around the key issues presented by the frictions of languages and the (series of) meeting(s) will be facilitated by the architect himself, in charge of the dynamics of the encounter. The result of this interaction will be evaluated in terms of procedures and objects, with the general aim to be measured against the third meaning of “representation”, namely the visual and spatial composition of the given situation." Since the birth of computer science and its twin sister cognitive science in the 20th century, a new kind of knowledge has emerged, speaking mathematical dialects and built on a computational morphology. Yet the emerging language which defines what we know as “the new technologies” still evolves in parallel with the analogue environment in which it has been created: nature, reflecting each other in symmetrical patterns that are both complementary and contradictory. One century later, a growing number of incoherencies start to reveal the frictions between the creative contingency that is specific to nature and the infinite programme proposed by the digital. The two forms of understanding start to doubt of each other; the techno-sceptics question the mode of existence of digital objects and the physico-sceptics suggest that we may be living in a computer simulation. The issue is one of epistemology: if the origin of what produces and organises knowledge can be defined, then this knowledge can be considered trustworthy. But what, and who, represents this knowledge?