Friday, May 02, 2008

what about wisdom?

I watched a video on google the other day, from 2006. It was a final cut of a show called "Building Gods" and was about the future of humans and artificial intelligence, or AI. I'm sure anyone who would discover this blog would also know about AI so I'm not going to get into explaining it.

I do want to discuss something I found particularly bothersome about this video and about the ongoing discussion about humans and AI, in general. The presentation itself was about the possible futures for human/AI interaction and philosophies thereof. Basically, it was allowing a few people with specific insight into this area, to provide ideas as to where AI could go and offer their or other philosophies of why this should or should not be the case.

Here lies my problem:

Every one of them spoke of the potential for increases in human intelligence through interaction with AI and most definitely for unlimited possibilities in artificial intelligence itself. Indeed, the suggestion was that because of the level of intelligence that can be created in the near future, which would become self perpetuating, these beings would evolve into gods.

But not one person mentioned Wisdom specifically, at any level.

Isn't infinite wisdom one of the basic tenets of God-ship?

Now I admit, one could argue that the very topic of the presentation is the discussion of the wisdom of any of the potential outcomes. This MIGHT be true, but none of the speakers who actually work at developing AI mentioned thoughts of the necessity for this AI to be able to develop or process wisdom.

What was recognized and discussed was that AI makes use of logic...but I do not personally agree that infinite mathematical logic would be the same as infinite wisdom. At this point, I choose not to try to argue this point of view but if there is interest I may well attempt to do so.

But in looking at our current western society, we cannot even really quantify wisdom any longer. The closest we might come is the granting of degrees in philosophy, but isn't that just developing the ability to consider opposed to developing wisdom itself? Semantics CAN be important, after all.

I would even make the argument that our current western society tends to shun attempts at attaining wisdom. Rather than being respected and aspired to, such attempts are now mostly seen as "boring" or "crazy" or, more usually, a "waste of time". The reasons for this are many, and the subject of other and future blogs, but it is simple fact.

Since my reader list seems to remain at zero for now, I'm going to stop for now. Looking forward to replies tho.

Be well all.

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