‘Who’s afraid of the Mandelbulb?’



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‘Who’s afraid of the Mandelbulb?’


Name: Lie, Casper Liam

Instagram: @casperliamlie

Nationality: the Netherlands

Institution / Company: Design and Engineering Lie (www.casperlie.com)

‘Who’s afraid of the Mandelbulb?’

The fear surrounding complex mathematical constructs like the Mandelbulb—an intricate three-dimensional fractal—reflects a broader unease with the unknown and the infinitely complex. The Mandelbulb, with its seemingly endless, self-replicating patterns, symbolizes the intimidating vastness of mathematical and computational possibilities. However, the fear of the Mandelbulb is not about the fractal itself but what it represents: the limitless, the incomprehensible, and the potential that our own creations might surpass our understanding. This fear is ultimately a reflection of our apprehension about the unforeseen consequences of our intellectual pursuits, much like the apprehensions about AI’s potential future.

The existence of artificial intelligence (AI) is an intriguing stance in an age where technology permeates every aspect of our lives. One could argue that AI, as we understand it, is merely a sophisticated extension of human programming rather than a form of genuine intelligence. Machines, after all, lack consciousness, self-awareness, and the ability to truly understand or experience emotions. What we term “AI” is a collection of algorithms, data processing capabilities, and programmed responses crafted by human minds. Thus, AI is not an independent entity but a mirror reflecting human intellect and creativity.

Jury Comments

Strong idea and daring graphics.

The concept theory is interesting and the graphics. there is much to explore and investigate regarding its implementation in the design.


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