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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.

Via jean lievens
Eli Levine's insight:

To this, I say "meh."


What have humans done with our current biological brains but make a gigantic mess of our planet without having the sense to even acknowledge and clean up after ourselves?


The sooner we correct our brains' function and perpetually limited perception, much like how we correct our vision with glasses, or our hearing with hearing aids, the sooner we'll be better off.


Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Think about it.

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A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain | It Comes Undone-Think About It |

Embodied cognition, the idea that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind, is one of the more counter-intuitive ideas in cognitive science. In sharp contrast is dualism, a theory of mind famously put forth by Rene Descartes in the 17th century when he claimed that “there is a great difference between mind and body, inasmuch as body is by nature always divisible, and the mind is entirely indivisible… the mind or soul of man is entirely different from the body.” In the proceeding centuries, the notion of the disembodied mind flourished. From it, western thought developed two basic ideas: reason is disembodied because the mind is disembodied and reason is transcendent and universal. However, as George Lakoff and Rafeal Núñez explain:


Cognitive science calls this entire philosophical worldview into serious question on empirical grounds… [the mind] arises from the nature of our brains, bodies, and bodily experiences. This is not just the innocuous and obvious claim that we need a body to reason; rather, it is the striking claim that the very structure of reason itself comes from the details of our embodiment… Thus, to understand reason we must understand the details of our visual system, our motor system, and the general mechanism of neural binding.


What exactly does this mean? It means that our cognition isn’t confined to our cortices. That is, our cognition is influenced, perhaps determined by, our experiences in the physical world. This is why we say that something is “over our heads” to express the idea that we do not understand; we are drawing upon the physical inability to not see something over our heads and the mental feeling of uncertainty. Or why we understand warmth with affection; as infants and children the subjective judgment of affection almost always corresponded with the sensation of warmth, thus giving way to metaphors such as “I’m warming up to her.”

Via ddrrnt, Alessandro Cerboni
Claudia M. Reder's comment, May 19, 2013 8:28 PM
Alexander Vorobiev-Char's curator insight, February 4, 2:14 AM

Соответствуют ли Ваши мысли возможностям Вашего тела? Что из них первично?

Eli Levine's comment, February 4, 9:35 AM
This sounds like an analogy to a government sitting within a society. For example, while a government does technically control the body society through the production of laws (to a limited extent), the body society also influences and effects the government (brain) to produce different results. This is how government can be working independently of (and sometimes, contrary to) the rest of society, just as the society can also work independently of (and, sometimes, when the government isn't being cooperative with society's needs) contrary to the government.<br><br>Thanks for this! :)
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Telling the Scientific Method Story

Telling the Scientific Method Story | It Comes Undone-Think About It |
The science gap is huge. One of the biggest misconceptions hindering the advancement of scientific literacy in society is also one of the most crucial - the scientific method. And no wonder. Most p...

Via Matthew Russell
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, there is no actual way of getting around hard facts, other than to deny them completely and rationalize it accordingly.  This is just a psychological maneuver, rather than anything that does anything to change the nature of our universe.  And it's shocking to me that so many people (including myself) can be guilty of this kind of ignorance.  The only difference between myself and, for example, a Young Earth Creatisionist, is that I acknowledge my potential to do this and, therefore, work to humble myself before the vast extension of knowledge and awareness that I cannot ever have.  They think they got all the answers, all lined up neat in a row.


And that's the difference.


Think about it.

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