Can computers teach us what it means to be human?
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Stashed in: Emotion, Decisions, @bakadesuyo, Awesome, xkcd!, Einstein, Meaning of Life, Turing, Singularity!, Oh the Hue Manatee!, The Internet is my religion., Memory!, Artificial Intelligence, Simulation
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
- Albert Einstein
Emotions, though sometimes painful and problematic, are essential to being human:
I’ve posted a lot about how emotions can lead us astray.
This often leads to a perspective that what we need is more thinking, not less; that we need to move away from the animal and more toward the computer.
But emotions are, to the human mind, essential. As Stanford professor Baba Shiv explains, decisions can’t be made without them.
Another great quote:
Today’s person spends way more time in front of screens. In fluorescent-lit rooms, in cubicles, being on one end or the other of an electronic data transfer. And what is it to be human and alive and exercise your humanity in that kind of exchange?
- David Foster Wallace
I love this part of Eric's article:
I worry more about our decline than their growth.
I worry more about leading a life of input-output, plugged in, unmoving and collecting dust just like a computer.
Don’t worry about computers becoming you.
Worry about you becoming a computer.
If our memories cannot be trusted, what DO we know about ourselves and others?