Aleks Krotoski explores our anxieties around AI and automation. Comparing western philosophy to that of the east, she asks if some of our fears around technology are cultural.
Aleks Krotoski explores our anxieties around AI and automation. Comparing western philosophy to that of the east, she'll ask if some of fears around technology are cultural.
Much of western thinking is still strongly influenced by Christian traditions which places humanity at the top of the tree of creation. We rebel against anything that challenges that. Whether it be Galileo telling us we're not the centre of the universe or Darwin telling us we're nothing more than shaved monkeys. It can be argued that the invention of AI is just that sort of challenge to our supremacy. But in Japan they see things very differently; Shintoism leads to a philosophy without the Christian hierarchy. In their 'creation' everything is alive and connected to everything else. Just like the modern digital world.
What can we learn from looking at technology differently.
Producer: Peter McManus
Dr. Joel Dudley is currently an Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Icahn Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology. Dr. Dudley is also Director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.. His work is focused on developing and applying methods to integrate the digital universe of information to build better predictive models of disease, drug response, and scientific wellness.
He tells us about ‘Deep Patient’ and AI in medicine.
He tells us about development and testing of driverless cars in the state since they were first introduced to Arizona, as well as the discomfort of the local people who were suddenly found themselves sharing the roads with autonomous machines.
Claire Trévien is an Anglo-Breton poet who has performed her work internationally, from South Africa to New Orleans. She is the author of the pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery (Salt, 2011), and two collections The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins, 2013), Astéronymes (Penned in the Margins, 2016), and Brain Fugue (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). She was a module leader on LCCM's Creative and Professional Writing degree. She has now moved back to her native Brittany.
In her poem, Everything’s Haunted, she explores the human reaction to living in a world of thinking machines.
Photo credit is Sophie Davidson.
She tells us about Techno-Animism, and why robots and AI have been able to flow into Japanese Culture, without the anxieties we see in the Western World.