I personally find the topic of “AI and Society”fascinating 💭🤔
While many ‘pundits’, self-proclaimed experts and social media postings advocate the need for #digitaltransformation #ethicalai #responsibletech #wellbeing and so forth, I personally feel that there is something missing ..
Specifically, the distinct lack of a #worldview and rejection of the human soul — especially where #ai and #machineintelligence is concerned.
Let’s not forget that BOTH #technology and #society are co-related, co-dependent, co-influence with each other.
AI and Technology impacts on society, including the potential for society to progress or decline, in both good and bad ways – with both beneficial and harmful consequences.
With this backdrop in mind –
I will be releasing more content over the next few months that raises important questions that we should ALL be asking.
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Conversational Artificial Intelligence (CAI) presents many opportunities in the psychotherapeutic landscape — such as therapeutic support for people with #mentalhealth problems and without access to care.
CAI is a software that simulates conversations with users through #naturallanguageprocessing.
CAI’s overarching aims are to help individuals to learn new skills and techniques, implement them in day-to-day life, and recognise behavioural patterns.
Thereby, methods of psychotherapeutic treatments such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), methods from positive #psychology, and #mindfulness are implemented.
Some conversational agents and #chatbots are presented as emotionally intelligent and aim at forming therapeutic alliance with users.
The application of CAI brings also unprecedented challenges and many open questions that need to be inquired to better understand its impact on individuals and society in the long-term perspective.
This is a topic I explore further in my next book – “AI and (Human) Society”.
If you subscribe to one (or more) of the monotheist religions (Judaism, Christianity & Islam), then you might ask the question “what makes us human” and how is that related to the way we’re made in God’s image?
Perhaps a more fundamental question — are #religion and #ai compatible?
MIT Technology Review recently launched a new 3-part “AI Colonialism” series which explores parallels between the rise of AI and the (European) colonial history by examining communities that have been profoundly changed by #ai.
In Part 1, the series reports that in South Africa, AI surveillance tools that monitor people’s behaviours and faces, are re-entrenching racial hierarchies and fueling a “digital apartheid”.
It is stories like this that I am researching as part of my next book on “AI and (Human) Society” which aims to shine a spotlight on (hopefully!) well-intentioned topics such as “AI for Everyone” (Google’s rhetoric), “Responsible AI” (Facebook’s rhetoric), or “broadly distribut[ing]” its benefits (OpenAI’s rhetoric).
These #phrases and #buzzwords have become part of our everyday vocabulary. However, advocates for #ethicalai and #responsibleai etc. generally fail to provide any advice or guidance on profound challenges brought on by #emergingtech – such as technology addiction, inherent biases and inequalities, the ethics of creating destructive (or irresponsible) technologies and of turning decision-making over to #intelligentsystems.
My next book will explore complex topics including, for example,
1. our role as #humans and #peopleandculture
2. #sentientai, #human#consciousness and the #soul
3. the compatibility (or not!) of #ai and #religion (and .. God)
4. #transhumanism and future of human existence
.. and more.
If you’d like to review any chapters, or would like to contribute to / write the “forward”, #getintouch – thanks in advance!
In all cases, #followme and #contactme to learn more.
Whilst #artificialintelligence continues to embed itself further into our everyday lives, we see #ai disrupt parts of society which includes #religion and #religious rites – such as prayers, sermons, and more.
Where is this all leading to?
Will this impact #freedomofchoice #worship #spirituality?
Would this be considered blasphemous?
Will this lead to #unintendedconsequences that fragment and disrupt communities?
Do we expect #ai to fully replicate all things that make us ‘human’?
What about the human soul?
How will we differentiate between real and ‘artificial’? This extends to #metaverse #augmentedreality #virtualreality #mixedreality 💭🤔
If ‘experts’ and protagonists across governments, corporations and research institutions are successful in creating #sentient #ai, who will uphold the interests and needs of #humans?
Can we really leave this responsibility to lawyers, politicians, #bigtech ,..? 😳
We need to collectively #reimagine #societyandculture BEFORE we grapple with how much and how far we allow #technology to influence our daily lives.
You may be familiar with the phrase ”if it can be done, it should be done”.
This is often accredited (mistakenly) to Aristotle, a renowned philosopher.
It is in fact the words of Will Durant in “The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers” who summed up Aristotle’s words in this way:
(See attached infographic)
What’s the point?
Businesses around the world continue to compete to churn out ever increasing numbers of products and services that they can sell for profit; to stay ahead of competitors.
Is this ethical? Is leveraging #ai to support this behaviour ethical (or even moral)?
We remain a consumer society and perhaps closer to the Aldus Huxley (A Brave New World) vision of the future rather than George Orwell (1984).
Ethics have been discussed by many philosophers, politicians and activists throughout history.
Just because we can do something, DOES NOT necessarily mean we should do it.
Case in point is the application of #artificialintelligence to #everydaylife – especially #consumerism.
Today, significant investments and research efforts are being spent to understand how #ai maybe applied to #war #economics #healthcare #manufacturing #financialmarkets #automation and so on.
Where do #ethicalai #trustworthyai #responsibleai etc fit into this?
We should admit that there are differences between #artificialintelligence and #humanintelligence .. the key word being “artificial” 😊
No algorithm can emulate (at least for now) human intelligence, meaning the idea of #sentient #ai is partly fantasy and potentially a ploy to cause fear or get peoples attention.
We are still developing solutions that are ‘narrow’ and ultimately in the domain of #artificialnarrowintelligence rather true #artificialgeneralintelligence … where #intelligentsystems #automationsolutions are able to do multiple activities at the same time .. like we humans can do with our biological brains.
Hence, any debate or application of #ethics should look at all aspects of #society and #human dimensions. Otherwise, we will simply feed #fear #anxiety rather than take control of a future that will be controlled and influenced heavily by #ai #emergingtechnologies 💭🤔
Technology itself now plays a major role in how we think, interact, engage, .. it fundamentally affects ALL of us daily .. the pace of change often making us feel disoriented, angry and resentful 😳
Our thoughts and perspectives on ethics, morals, equality, freedom, etc. change depending on our government (authorities), our religion, our politics, and so on.
So how will our attitudes to #trustworthyai #ethicalai #responsibletech etc. change over the next few decades❓
We are fast becoming a society that ”lives for the moment”, is #materialistic, is #atheist, is in control of our own destiny, has no consensus on ‘right & wrong’ and is also blurring previous (strict) lines relating to war, occupation, gender, sexual orientation, equality, trust, freedom (of speech, of expression,..), .. 💭
As one generation replaces the next, it gets to determine how society should (will) operate .. hence, in time, the social impact and role of #ai #emergingtechnologies in society will change – for better or worse 🤔
How can #people and our #societyandculture respond, adapt and maintain some level of equilibrium ⁉️
How do we cope with #technologicalinnovation without a common framework for social, moral & economic & environmental principles ⁉️
Should #technocrats and advocates of #ethics #morals #responsibletech leverage #socialsciences and #humanities to help us navigate through #changeforbetter coupled with #technologytransformation ⁉️