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M.C. Escher Predicted the Singularity

Artist Shane Willis brings us this transhumanist update to M.C. Escher’s “Hand Writing Hand.”

Artist Shane Willis brings us this transhumanist update to M.C. Escher’s “Hand Writing Hand.” And here we thought that Escher’s original was a mere flight of fancy—look at that! Two 2D hands drawing each other into existence! What high-concept whimsy! Wrong.

Now we know, of course, that Escher was predicting the singularity, that moment in the then-far-off future when machines would become capable of reproducing themselves thanks to fast-accelerating artificial intelligence. Those aren’t just hands—they are robot hands.

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Also, everybody knows that Rene Magritte foresaw the rise of cyborg footwear.

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The Magritte homage is also by Willis; check out the rest of his stuff here.

via io9