this is how we will talk after symbols

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World Builder is a stunningly beautiful video.

A few years ago, I learned from Jaron Lanier about a beautiful dream he calls post-symbolic communication. It’s a dream that has stayed with me since, a powerful, subtle idea. It’s the dream that in the near future we’ll be able to talk not only through words and our voice, but through anything we can dream of. Instead of describing something with words, we would build it, as naturally as we now shrug or wag our finger. It’s about how gods might talk.

This video, so clearly a labor of love, is a marvelous embodiment of that dream. Fittingly, not a word is spoken in the entire 9 minutes.

If art is already there, perhaps we’re closer than we think.

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