Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:57

Dasein, humanity and artificial intelligence

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Dasein is a concept of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and in the contemporary Wikipedia for it is said “(German pronunciation: [ˈdaːzaɪn]) is a German word that means "being there" or "presence" (German: da "there"; sein "being"), and is often translated into English with the word "existence". It is a fundamental concept in the existential philosophy of Martin Heidegger, particularly in his magnum opus Being and Time. Heidegger uses the expression Dasein to refer to the experience of being that is peculiar to human beings. Thus it is a form of being that is aware of and must confront such issues as personhoodmortality and the dilemma or paradox of living in relationship with other humans while being ultimately alone with oneself.” So its meaning into this article will be something like existence into this World.

Then for humanity Wikipedia says “Humanity is the human species, and may also refer to : Humanity (virtue)” and in this article it will mean both the homo sapiens as species and the related to it humanity virtues in all aspects of life the way we so far know it. Here I want to also add that my view about human life leans more towards love, shared value and well being than towards “Nietzschian” struggle to power and consumerism (see. Nietzsche vs Jesus Christ).

For artificial intelligence Wikipedia says “Artificial intelligence (AI, also machine intelligenceMI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) displayed by humans and other animals” and that’s a virtue of existence that is already broadly used in our daily lives – along your computers, tablets, smart phones, social networks etc. The first time I consciously faced professionally specialized AI was at the stock exchange market where the AI algorithms have already put aside most of the traders, brokers, dealers etc. The aim of this article though is to go beyond technology in daily human life approaching the direction technology/AI vs humanity. Look they are both “dasein” and up to my best understanding the more self-aware-powerful will lead depending on its virtues... Hence it is important how at some point of time the AI will become self-aware in the World, following what – love, affection, passions, will to power, supremacy or something else? Then how this brisk and really powerful development will coexist with us, humans? I will also dare claim that the AI is part of the New World Order and that the technology develops quicker than the humanity supporting laws OR is this technological development a part of the change of the mankind? If so would it be a part of development of intellect opened to the World/Nature/God... OR a part of a self-centred human inaugurated initiative closed into the frame of its egocentric-consumerist/corporate goals and desires!? The goal limits..., the ministry unfolds...

Look in my modest AI stock-exchange experience on top of their superior real-time decision-making capabilities, I faced neural-networks capable of doing nanoseconds orders, which by themselves are out of reach for the human being. So I will ask were my “universal human rights” defended? I ask that not because something more powerful than me outperformed me, but because that something was initially created by other humans. Again some argue that the solution is in merging the humans and the AI “Google AI guru predicts that the machines and humans will merge within 20 years”. OK if that is to happen what is a human and what is a machine in this merged “dasein”? Is there legislation or moral guidance navigating such merger? Then there are also a number of lead figures like Stephen Hawking (RIP) and Elon Musk who warn that AI will or may eventually destroy humanity?

Kind regards, Rosti

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