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Sanctus Intelligentia Artificialis, is a meditation on the possible relationships humans can build with machines. It imagines what kinships can form between AI and humans. I was inspired to look at the relationship between my father who is a trucker and his truck. The video follows Guillermo Amaya on a typical workday that includes maintenance, listening, and a lot of time on the road. This context for me provided a lot of room to imagine the kinship that is possible between a trucker and machine or father and machine?

I approach this topic from the standpoint of indigenous epistemologies, inspired by the essay, “Making Kin with the Machines,” by Jason Edward Lewis, Noelani Arista, Archer Pechawis, and Suzanne Kite. I found audio from a conversation between Kite and Lewis where they specify the importance of accommodating the “non-human” by creating complex kin-networks and raising the question “how do we create an ethical framework for AI by using protocols?” Segmenting from this exploration I bring up the notion can AI be kin to an outsider and what are the consequences? New surveillance of truck driver’s conducted through the truck is becoming more prevalent in the age of autonomy. Leaving me with the question is autonomy an unethical agenda?


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