Humanity and AI

Humanity and AI Script

What does it mean to human in an age of artificial intelligence (AI)?[1] What differentiates humans from machines? Fundamentally, the answer is epistemological and hermeneutical. How do we know what we know, and would any machine know in the same way? For example, be able to pass the Turing test?[2] And, how do we interpret what we know? In the age of AI it is vitally important to explore the question of being human. To not do so renders humanity open to manipulation by algorithms or worse susceptible to a surveillance state. And, as technology and AI continue to invade the workplace the concept of labor continues to mutate, and the wealth disparity widens. Just as the industrial revolution brought freedom of human brawn the AI/tech revolution is transforming intellectual and routine tasks away from humans and onto machines.

Capital no longer thought of in terms of labor but data. Our digital dust is practically everywhere as social media is omniscient and handheld machines are ubiquitous. How is our digital fingerprint being used with and without our knowledge when we “the people” are the product? Here again how we know and how we interpret are vital when being bombarded with a plethora of competing ideas from all perspectives. How we distinguish what is a fact or an alternative fact or what is true and what is not. Especially when AI is used in promulgating confusion with social media. 

Nietzsche[3] pronounced that god was dead and we (humanity) had killed him. However dead god may be our human desire for a god has not diminished. The omnipresence of the digital world is the water we live in and epistemological awareness and interpretive shrewdness are uniquely human tools needed to navigate our world. 

It is my intention is to explore the question – what does it mean to be human in the age of AI by fusing the horizons of theology, philosophy, anthropology, photography, hermeneutics and computer science on a singular platform (my blog)[4] to produce a representation of the answers I discover and the new questions they generate.


[1] “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the branch of computer sciences that emphasizes the development of intelligence machines, thinking and working like humans. For example, speech recognition, problem-solving, learning and planning.”

~ Farhan Saeed, IQVIS Blog https://www.iqvis.com/blog/9-powerful-examples-of-artificial-intelligence-in-use-today/

[2] “The phrase “The Turing Test” is sometimes used more generally to refer to some kinds of behavioural tests for the presence of mind, or thought, or intelligence in putatively minded entities.”

~ Oppy, Graham and Dowe, David, “The Turing Test”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2019/entries/turing-test/>.

[3] “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”

Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, Tr. Walter Kaufmann

[4] The Face of Humanity,  https://thefaceofhumanity.blog/

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