AI-empowered creation blurs the boundary between abstract ideation and concrete action.
The dawning of this new reality necessitates the establishment of a new framework for documenting, presenting and communicating ideas in a manner that reflects this visibly blurred boundary and mirrors the integration of ideas and actions as activating ideation.
Due to my early affinity for the French postmodern philosophers of betweenness (Derrida, Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva, Lyotard, Foucault) and more recent encounters with a new wave of multidisciplinary thinkers (like Daniel Siegel and Rick Rubin) who stylishly subvert static dichotomies (self/other, nature/culture, individual/community, creator/created) in favor of fluidly holistic explorations of liminal spaces, I have long been intellectually inspired by the need for new integrative frameworks.
But on this Sunday night, on February 5th 2023, in Chelsea, New York, I don’t find myself called by an abstract philosophical inclination as much as I feel compelled by the acutely practical need for a clear means to document and decode human intention and emotion in the age of AI-empowered creation. This urgent need to access the vital human information embedded within AI-empowered creations has inspired me to share the IdeAction framework.
The IdeAction framework—mnemonically backronymed to “IDEA”—reframes classical rhetoric by foregrounding the authentic human emotional experience of creation:
inspiration: authentically describe the human ethical (ethos) character of the creator and the origin story of the creation, including any physical, audible, emotional, interpersonal or cultural inspiration.
description: vividly describe the human logic of the idea (logos) in a way that’s clear to human senses, perspectives and senses of agency.
emotion: record the creator’s emotion (pathos) in the act of creation and state the creation’s emotional intention, namely, the emotional impact that the creator intends for the creation to have upon other humans.
action: list the logical (logos) actions that have been and are expected to be taken (including through AI-empowered creation) in service of the idea.
At the moment of the creation of the IdeAction, I feel optimistic and excited yet vulnerable, as if I’m simultaneously qualified and unqualified to propose something as ambitious as a framework for documenting, presenting and communicating ideas. While a framework of this sort could conceivably come from a lawyer and thinker like me who’s intimately involved with architecting and empowering technologies of purpose-driven creation, I fear it might be better received if it came from an old public intellectual (like Chomsky) or powerful creative organization (like IDEO).
My emotional intention for this IdeAction is to free people from precisely this form of paralyzing vulnerability, the anxiety and fear we feel when deciding upon the form, the forum and the format in which to share our ideas, and struggling with whether we should be the ones sharing them in the first place. The IdeAction framework seeks to offer a clear prompt encouraging and liberating the effortlessly playful and transparently joyous sharing and iteration of ideas. I want to give all people the confidence and clarity of a default, modular, flexible, platform-agnostic framework for quickly and easily sharing and iterating upon their ideas and the ideas of others, including ideas for AI-empowered creations, through any medium and on any platform. I also wish to replace classical rhetoric’s combative and manipulative defaults (forged and fashioned for combative political debates, demagoguery, sophistry, commercial manipulation, and courtroom argumentation) with non-violently communicative components that celebrate improvisation and wholeheartedly embrace the highly emotional human experience of creating and experiencing creations.
I’ve written this brief description of the IdeAction framework as an IdeAction. I look foreword to listening to all feedback, revising and supplementing as needed, and plan to share an extended version of the framework in the future, which will incorporate proposals for blockchain-based implementations of protocols for equitably regenerative IdeAction.
AI-Empowered Art IdeAction
As a further example of the IdeAction framework’s intended simplicity and ease of use, and to give you a clear sense of how the IdeAction contemporaneously functions alongside AI-empowered creation, I’m sharing my own AI-empowered creations throughout this piece, along with their corresponding IdeAction.