DeepArcher Software

“The further you go, as you get passed along one node to the next, the visuals you think you’re seeing are being contributed by users all over the world. All for free. Hacker ethic. Each one doing their piece of it, then just vanishing uncredited. Adding to the veils of illusion.” (Bleeding Edge, pg. 69)

Early in chapter seven the software DeepArcher is described to Maxine and I think that the explanation of what exactly is going on is an important and interesting one to analyze.

Knowing where the novel heads (the events of 9/11) I seem to think that this software is presented as juxtaposition. Lucas mentions that users from all over the world are doing their own piece to add to the overall program. DeepArcher has no preconceived feelings of race, gender, or from where a person is from geographically. The reason for being there on the software is to create. Individuals from all over the world are being connected with a common interest in a place that doesn’t care about who you are. For me this was important, not only does it show that technology has the ability to bring people together but it also goes to show that how in the real world there are people who are interested in destruction and separation. Another interesting point about the DeepArcher description was the fact that anything that is created is done so without being credited. To me this feeds back into what I previously mentioned about not being judged while on the program. Im not saying that needing to be credited for certain works is a necessarily bad thing but through this veil of technology there isn’t a real need to be credited. Individuals have the freedom to create anything they want without the creative process being hindered by a voice in the back of their head asking for approval because if something is submitted unaccredited and not received well by the community then you have the ability to create something completely new without being much affected. The last piece of this passage notes that all of the stuff being done on this software just adds to the veil of illusion. No matter what is created in this space, it’s not real. If people are willing to create a community that is fabricated through technology then there really isn’t a reason why more of a community can be formed in the real world. However, on the opposite side of the coin, if a piece of software is able to draw in people from all over the world due to the fact that everyone is equal, then the quality of ideas and creations that could come from places like these would be very innovative and things that without a community backing wouldn’t be able to come into existence.

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2 Responses to DeepArcher Software

  1. aminoacid2020 says:

    I liked how you mentioned that the community that DeepArcher can provide is without regard to “race, gender, or from where a person is from geographically”. In my attempt to try to look at the program and the internet itself from a critical point of view, its easy to forget the beauty and relaxed nature of technology such as a space where people can come together and cohesively build something together with a common goal. However, when you said “Individuals have the freedom to create anything they want without the creative process being hindered by a voice in the back of their head asking for approval because if something is submitted unaccredited and not received well by the community then you have the ability to create something completely new without being much affected.” For some reason this reminded me of Foucault’s idea of panopticism and the image of the prison watch tower. With modern spy ware and tech ware do you think that people really have an unhindered creative process? I think it would be interesting if you wrote about this in another post maybe addressing how agencies like the NSA maybe have changed the way people interact online.

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  2. smaugonthewater says:

    Very good post. I think it’s interesting how DeepArcher is contributed to by anonymous internet people. In the real world it’s common I think to see on the internet artists who become upset over their work being used without permission or credit to the original author. With all the free sharing websites it becomes a challenge to find something that the user actually has to pay for, whether it be photoshop or a brand new movie, while in the novel they freely contribute with no concern for credit. Maybe the internet was a different place 15 years ago.

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