Slanted Magazine #37

Slanted Magazine #37—AI

Spring/Summer 2021

Author: Nina Steimel

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on design and how these technologies can change our lives can now be found in one comprehensive publication: Slanted Magazine #37—AI is out now!

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)  has become—besides being an over-hyped buzzword across industries (that the design world is no exception to)—a reality. We debate about the impacts of A.I. and its subsets, machine and deep learning, and consider everything from virtual to augmented realities, and how these technologies may change our lives, jobs, and social relationships altogether.

We live in times where decisions about what we want are no longer under our control. While we believe to be free (at least in our western world), algorithms dictate our lives, hopes, and dreams. We are the parents and children, gods and slaves of the technology we invented: although it’s a masterpiece, there is a great dependence. If “algorithms will liberate themselves entirely from us,” Peter Weibel proposes, dystopian science fictions may help us clarify what we desire and do not want.

At Slanted, we are “hands on.” We love the human spark, provoke happy accidents (scratches and glitches), explore edges, and consistently enter unknown terrain. So yes, although this is a printed issue, it could very well have been transported to a neural chip. And we definitely figured out some ways to bring the issue to another dimension: A unique motif by CROSSLUCID has been printed for each cover of the entire edition—the aesthetics between portrait, still life, and expressionist topography, alien to our comprehension of what is human, natural, artificial, and digital.

More than ever this issue made us adventurers: looking with doubtful eyes at this new world of computation, numbers, and transhumanism, where (OMG!) machines are in many areas smarter than us and, occasionally, even encoded with higher ethical and moral standards than we will ever have.

Alongside the issue, a limited Special Edition has been published, a high-quality and 100% recycled bag by LOQI with a design by artist Sofia Crespo.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all participants of the issue who made a significant contribution to the result. Many thanks also to all supporters and sponsors, without whom the magazine would not have been possible in these special times. Thank you very much!

Slanted Magazine #37—AI

Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Cover Images: CROSSLUCID
Release: May 2021
Volume: 288 Pages
Format: 16 × 24 × 2,3 cm
Language: English
Offset Printing (Inside): Stober Medien
Digital Printing (Cover): Limego

Cardboard Cover: CONSTELLATION Snow E/E06 Tela for HP Indigo, 280 g/sm by Fedrigoni
Paper: ARENA Smooth Extra White, ARENA Rough Natural, 120 g/sm by Fedrigoni
Bookbinding: Swiss brochure
Introduction texts: Tom Barbereau & Jack Dignam
ISSN: 1867-6510
Price: € 18.–

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