what the human goal is

I do not care about qualitatively distinguishing humans from other machinery that thinks. Can someone explain to me a concrete outcome we stand to gain from making this comparison?

When we are overloaded with information, tech provides us filtering algorithms; nature provides us intuition.

I find this comparison problematic. To compare intuition to a filtering algorithm is to imply that intution does nothing but prune possibilities. Why can’t intuition be a process that generates possibilities? Given what we know about the brain’s general tendancy toward feedback & interconnectivity, it seems more likely that hte phenomenon of “intuition” is better accounted for by an iterative feedback loop between the generation and assessment of possible interpretations, until a few trickle up to our conscious mind’s consideration.

How do we contrast algorithms and intuition?  Put another way, can all problems be solved?  Is a death a problem to be solved?

What is the relationship between these three questions? Am I to believe that intuition is what makes problems solvable? And what does it matter to contrast algorithms and intuitions? We could say that an intuition can be modeled algorithmically, and we could also say that an algorithm could be conceptualized as an intuition. Both might miss crucial points, and I am missing what we stand to gain from the comparison.

Doctors have a Hippocratic Oath.  What about the twenty-something engineers, who are just trying to do ‘cool things’, and affecting how trillions of people connect?

This is an interesting question. Are there cases in which ethically motivated policies similar to the hippocratic oath have been embeddeed in software code? (DRM comes to mind, though there is an economic side to it as well)

We tend to view labor as toil.  What if labor wasn’t something to be done away with, but rather an instrument for transformation that sustained a gift ecology?

I reject the jump from “labor as toil” to “labor as something to be done away with.” I’m sure Gandhi would too. Regardless, Huizinga’s idea of Homo ludens has some bearing on this idea, and could be framed in the idea of a gift ecology.

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  1. I read the comparison between humans and machines as more of a warning than a step towards a concrete goal. It’s a conversation that could have consequences.

    The Hippocratic Oath discussion reminded me of this, http://www.computing-professional.org/oath.html, “The Pledge of the Computing Professional.” The main difference being that a doctor might be directly responsible for one person’s life while there seem to be about a trillion factors at play that affect how much impact the cool project of a twenty-something engineer actually has.

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