The increasing digitalisation of our everyday lives do more than simply provide information but have become entities in their own right. Such phenomena is evident in the environment around us, and in an unseen and pervasive fashion they take on lives of their own, becoming seemingly autonomous and out of control. Autoplay is a quarterly magazine that recognises the need to challenge perceptions regarding the way we depend on digital objects to function.
Issue 01: The Aesthetic of Failure
The first issue, The Aesthetic of Failure, exposes the grain of computation through the ‘glitch’—a symbol of noise and disruption. The issue features a range of stories from the mysterious case of a disappearing island, to the mutation of internet viruses, to pixelation of military warfare.
Issue 02: Deep Dark Intelligence
The phenomena of how machines and algorithms imitate human attributes, and in some cases, supersede human capabilities can be unsettling. These intelligent systems are modelled loosely after the human brain, possessing deep neural networks with a multitude of hidden layers interweaved and interconnected in a dense, incomprehensible web. Issue 2 of Autoplay carefully curates stories concerning the deep, dark and often dangerous qualities of artificial intellgience. The non-linearity of such frameworks inherent in intelligent systems allow it to perform in such a way that only a human once could.