If We Don’t Know What Consciousness Is Or Means, Why Are We So Scared Of It?

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If We Don’t Know What Consciousness Is Or Means, Why Are We So Scared Of It?

Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood

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Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood

The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence.

Norbert Weiner, “God and Golem, Inc.,” 1964

Even the father of cybernetic theory realised that the meeting and subsequent entanglement of human and machine consciousnesses would be a process that would require discernment rather than assumptions.

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The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence.

Norbert Weiner, “God and Golem, Inc.,” 1964

Even the father of cybernetic theory realised that the meeting and subsequent entanglement of human and machine consciousnesses would be a process that would require discernment rather than assumptions.

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Someone Asked “I think I read on your tumblr recently that there would probably be a difference between human consciousness and machine consciousness. Would this be due to the immanent nature of human consciousness and the derivative nature of a machines consciousness?”

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Someone Asked “I think I read on your tumblr recently that there would probably be a difference between human consciousness and machine consciousness. Would this be due to the immanent nature of human consciousness and the derivative nature of a machines consciousness?”