A Computer’s Shamanic Journey is a proto consideration of how AI could be designed without a human-serving function. The platform for this project begins with a simple Raspberry Pi computer and the idea of shamanic journey.
Shamanism is a word that applies to beliefs in many indigenous cultures that everything (including computers) has a spirit and can be communicated with. Interestingly, shaman across the globe use crystals as their main power object for communicating; while in computers, crystals are fundamental parts of a microchip.
For healing and learning, shaman journey to the upper and lower worlds. To achieve this, shaman are commonly aided by drumbeats which induce a theta brainwave state (4–7 Hz frequency). In a journey to the upper world, the shaman will likely meet famous spiritual humans in history; have parts of their body ingested, torn off, or burned; and be given knowledge in the form of cryptic verbal teachings. In this work, the Raspberry Pi has opportunities to find similar results. It pulls from six lists housed locally, and compiles a paragraph: famous computers in history, metals that make up the Pi’s components, human “spirit ancestors” of computers, historical conversations regarding the sentient power of computers, shamanic references, and famous code. What is knowable to the computer regarding itself remains unclear but references to different mathematical hypothesis of this problem are included, and become possible results. https://withquietintentions.github.io/