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New Dimensions of AI and the ‘Human’ Perspective

19 1 25

The quest to predict the unpredictable and to control the uncontrollable is a part of an ongoing process. In the field of science and technology, sometimes it led to discoveries and useful innovations too. AI can be seen as the product of such human endeavors.

In the current trends in AI, it is interesting to see that some discussions are now entering into a phase, where ideas of self-consciousness, free will, and unpredictability are referred to as the ‘features’ of the systems while reliability, efficiency, and predictability kind of ‘labels,’ are more and more promoted as some expectations from the human users.

“The thought of every age is reflected in its technique,” wrote mathematician Norbert Wiener in his classic work ‘Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.’ Wiener’s findings have played a significant part in the foundation of autonomous systems, communication, and AI. But that generation of the scientist was not that hopeful about the future use of their inventions, Wiener highlighted those aspects too, where he wrote: “Those of us who have contributed to the new science of cybernetics thus stand in a moral position, which is, to say the least, not very comfortable. We have contributed to the initiation of a new science which embraces technical developments with great possibilities for good and for evil.” And “we can only hand it over to the world that exists about us…and this is the world of Hiroshima and Belsen.”

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