How the Enlightenment Might End

Posted by Peter Rudin on 21. September 2018 in News

Users of the internet emphasize retrieving and manipulating information over contextualizing or conceptualizing its meaning. As a rule, we demand information relevant to our immediate practical needs. Information threatens to overwhelm wisdom.

The digital world’s emphasis on speed inhibits reflection; its incentive empowers the radical over the thoughtful; its values are shaped by subgroup consensus, not by introspection.

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence as discussed by Henry A. Kissinger in the June 2018 issue of the Atlantic Magazine.

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