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Artificial : a love story / Amy Kurzweil.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Catapult, 2023Copyright date: ©2023Edition: First Catapult editionDescription: 329 pages, 28 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 26 cmContent type:
  • text
  • still image
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 1948226383
  • 9781948226387
Subject(s): Genre/Form: DDC classification:
  • 741.5/973 B 23
  • GRAPHIC B
  • 741.5 B 23
  • 709.2/2 23/eng/20231107
LOC classification:
  • PN6727.K89 A78 2023
Contents:
Pattern recognition -- Immortal virtue -- How do you know? -- To eat and drink -- Heartstrings -- Through the looking glass -- Exponential growth -- Con espressione e semplice.
Summary: A visionary story of three generations of artists whose search for meaning and connection transcends the limits of life. How do we relate to - and hold - our family's past? Is it through technology? Through spirit? Art, poetry, music? Or is it through the resonances we look for in ourselves? In this book, we meet the Kurzweils, a family of creators who are preserving their history through unusual means. At the center is renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has long been saving the documents of his deceased father, Fredric, an accomplished conductor and pianist from Vienna who fled the Nazis in 1938. Once, Fred's life was saved by his art: an American benefactor, impressed by Fred's musical genius, sponsored his emigration to the United States. He escaped just one month before Kristallnacht. Now, Fred has returned. Through AI and salvaged writing, Ray is building a chatbot that writes in Fred's voice, and he enlists his daughter, cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, to help him ensure the immortality of their family's fraught inheritance. Amy's deepening understanding of her family's traumatic uprooting resonates with the creative life she fights to claim in the present, as Amy and her partner, Jacob, chase jobs, and each other, across the country. Kurzweil evokes an understanding of accomplishment that centers conversation and connection, knowing and being known by others. With the cartoonist's signature humanity and humor, in boundary-pushing, gorgeous handmade drawings, this book guides readers through nuanced questions about art, memory, and technology, demonstrating that love, a process of focused attention, is what grounds a meaningful life. -- Description adapted from front flap of dust jacket.
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Pattern recognition -- Immortal virtue -- How do you know? -- To eat and drink -- Heartstrings -- Through the looking glass -- Exponential growth -- Con espressione e semplice.

A visionary story of three generations of artists whose search for meaning and connection transcends the limits of life. How do we relate to - and hold - our family's past? Is it through technology? Through spirit? Art, poetry, music? Or is it through the resonances we look for in ourselves? In this book, we meet the Kurzweils, a family of creators who are preserving their history through unusual means. At the center is renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who has long been saving the documents of his deceased father, Fredric, an accomplished conductor and pianist from Vienna who fled the Nazis in 1938. Once, Fred's life was saved by his art: an American benefactor, impressed by Fred's musical genius, sponsored his emigration to the United States. He escaped just one month before Kristallnacht. Now, Fred has returned. Through AI and salvaged writing, Ray is building a chatbot that writes in Fred's voice, and he enlists his daughter, cartoonist Amy Kurzweil, to help him ensure the immortality of their family's fraught inheritance. Amy's deepening understanding of her family's traumatic uprooting resonates with the creative life she fights to claim in the present, as Amy and her partner, Jacob, chase jobs, and each other, across the country. Kurzweil evokes an understanding of accomplishment that centers conversation and connection, knowing and being known by others. With the cartoonist's signature humanity and humor, in boundary-pushing, gorgeous handmade drawings, this book guides readers through nuanced questions about art, memory, and technology, demonstrating that love, a process of focused attention, is what grounds a meaningful life. -- Description adapted from front flap of dust jacket.

"Thank you to the American Academy in Berlin for feeding and housing me in style, immersing me in my grandparents' and my mother's first language, and validating the scope of my work. Thank you to the 2020 and 2021 fellows for your feedback and encouragement. And special thanks to John-Thomas Eltringham, who is still able to answer any and all questions I have about anything German." -- Page 331

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