Artificial intelligence & The Disappearance of Man
Artificial intelligence is certainly the scientific issue that worries most Westerners. As proof, the recurring appearance of intellectuals and scientists invited to speak about artificial intelligence in plural contexts. In the 1980s, fashion was chaos, fractals and the butterfly effect that was essential to go out at a dinner in town or on a television. Talk about the butterfly effect, put it in a conversation, and you pass for a learned man if not honest. Fractals served as an aesthetic pretext to illustrate the covers of techno discs, like kaleidoscopic figures and neo-new art present on psyche vinyls in the sixties. Fractals are out of fashion. The dominant theme of the 1990s was genetics, genome sequencing and unfulfilled promises to treat rare or degenerative diseases. In the 2000s, black holes and multivers benefited from an honorable media notoriety shared with the Higgs boson and recently the gravitational waves. After the 2008 financial crisis, artificial intelligence spread in the media as fast as the growth of social networks and smartphone applications.
Artificial intelligence related to digital sensors impacts many sectors of society and not least. It is a tool for producing a new economy based on the data market. It is a powerful instrument for the control of things and especially men. As a result, it is a means of shaping police societies to control citizens, monitor them, insert them into a computer system to better enslave and manipulate them. A congress was held recently in the capital at the initiative of Cédric Villani, on the march to direct the writing of a report on artificial intelligence with the participation of the best specialists. In a completely different way, Noah Yuval Harari, inducted into the most important thinker of the moment, devotes to the IA number of chapters in his last two works. If artificial intelligence is not a topic of conversation for participants of love is in the meadow, however it is prominently featured in the articles shared on the LinkedIn professional network.
According to well-placed observers, the two strongholds of artificial intelligence are California and China. The first is known for hosting groundbreaking research, transhumanism activists and three of the digital giants forming the GAFA with Amazon located in Seattle, like the rest Microsoft. China is developing artificial intelligence in several digital megacities and now has a wide experience in using digital to control its territory and its populations. Europe remains perplexed, trying to believe that by following an axis London, Paris, Zürich, it will walk towards its intelligent destiny and find its digital salvation in the intelligent growth.
The ontological status of artificial intelligence must be questioned otherwise societies will have to comply with this set of tools which one might think contains dangerous ideological horizons. As there was after 1918, with historical materialism as spring of Stalinism and racial biologism as spring of Nazism. Can we deduce a kind of digital materialism and an artificial biologism putting the human brain at the center of society, as in other times, racial biology had as spring the mechanical power of the human body? These trends are noticeable but with low noise. Another trend is digital materialism as the axis of society, of politics, with historical growth as the one and only salvation of humanity.
Harari has identified one of the major AI-related threats that could eventually replace many workers and thereby create unnecessary populations. What will the authorities do with these useless ones, will they place them in camps? Without being pessimistic, another option is conceivable according to Harari who seems naive in many ways by imagining that AI and digital can shape a society of sharing by being accessible to all for the collective good. Political democracy is not making it accessible for all means, but allowing everyone to decide how to live together by discussing, deliberating and thinking. Digital technology does not go hand in hand with democracy. From 1970,
One thing is certain, the AI is not a fad because it has to interfere more and more with the daily life of men. In the “deep learning” variant, the AI is able to simulate trial and error processes as the human brain does in technical or mental operations, perfecting itself with feedback on experiments. She manages to perform medical diagnoses as well as the medical profession. Traditional Chinese medicine will be abandoned? Will the man disappear? No, but let’s say that the man as we know it now may fade like a figure drawn on the sand facing the rising tide. Studies have shown that the use of flat screens favors the generation of young people unfit for conventional social relationships with faces and language.
It will be understood, these notes are not intended to give answers but to open questions. It is the characteristic of a philosophical path to walk on questions. Which is the best strategy to live without being manipulated by the lesson and response donors who are shaping the radicals of tomorrow.
With digital and artificial intelligence, man can disappear. It’s up to you to reflect and ponder this question. To configure this query, a cross-sectional study is essential. Let’s hope that publishers and the media will be able to highlight those who offer a piercing, not to say stratospheric, glance at the issue, instead of publishing the “buddies” of the university chapels.