Absurdity and the evolution of the virtual

28 Jun

The term absurdity used by the American philosopher Thomas Nagel, and serves as the “confusion” of Lucien Sfez, but Nagel finds this very human and went so far as to say: “Absurdity is one of the most humane things about us: a manifestation of our more advanced and interesting characteristics, “and this is very humanistic.

We have already posted here the refutation of Jean-Gabriel Ganascia on Artificial Intelligence, although the name may not be its own, the debate heated up with robot Sophia who received the Iraqi citizenship, but in a marketing move, and the use of “virtual assistants voice, “such as Cortana, Siri and Google Now.

Now the Amazon “toy” Alexa starts to enter the home, and it has a greater potential because the universe of Internet of Things (IoT) is growing and will speak.

Returning to Nagel, absurdity is not a hindrance to him, but an affirmation of humanism in his book “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” (1974), he claims that it might make sense for you to ask yourself how you should feel to be a bat, but it would not make any sense to wonder how you would feel being a toaster.

This means that all this limitation they want imposed on machines is, contrary to what seems an anti-humanism, a rejection of the evolution of the means of production and of knowledge, wrapped with a sentimentality about “the human” in times of inhumanity .

Speaking in evolution of Nagel’s critical view of Darwinism and also of neo-Darwinism, though he sees its usefulness in the scientific debate, to which he states: “One of the legitimate tasks of philosophy is to investigate the limits of even the best developed and most advanced forms. of contemporary scientific knowledge.

It may be frustrating to recognize, but we are simply at the point in the history of human thought in which we find ourselves, and our successors will make discoveries and develop forms of understanding we do not dream about. ” Recalls Teilhard Chardin’s phrase: “the whole future is better than any past”


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