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Does Writing Have a Future?$
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Vilém Flusser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670222

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670222.001.0001

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Recoding

Recoding

Chapter:
(p.149) Recoding
Source:
Does Writing Have a Future?
Author(s):

Vilém Flusser

Mark Poster

Nancy Ann Roth

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670222.003.0020

This chapter describes digital writing as a recoding from old into new codes. One advantage of artificial intelligences is that they have no difficulty forgetting. From them, we are learning the importance of forgetting. It is a tremendous thing to relearn, for it demands that we rethink the function of memory. First among those things we must relearn in the context of the new as it emerges is process-oriented, progressive linear thought, the way of thinking that is articulated in linear writing. We will have to erase the alphabet from memory to be able to store the new codes there. We will have to learn to write digitally, should writing still be a suitable designation for such a means of notation, and should anyone still be able to see it as a recoding from old into new codes. One who regards digital codes as written codes and sees a continuity between them and pre-alphabetic image making and alphabetic text making could claim to need to learn to recode everything: not only everything written but also everything still to write.

Keywords:   digital writing, recoding, artificial intelligence, memory, writing, alphabet, digital codes, image making, text making

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