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Stephen Downes’s talk “about a way to redefine ethics” contains a lot that sounds plausible to me. In particular, I liked this: “we learn ethics, but we learn them in such a way that we feel or experience a moral sense, rather than fully formed general principles” (slide 70)
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More online meetings, less short-distance flights

What is the obstinate obstacle against some more online meetings? There is a technical callenge: How does a large mural full of post-its fit on a projector?
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#EL30 Alien Intelligence AI

In EL30, a very interesting topic so far was about ‘Ethical AI’ and what makes humans different from AI. Inevitably, the association pops up that the AIs will be very smart and autonomous, and we hope that they will want … Continue reading

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Remix of all my blog posts about McGilchrist’s and Downes’ ideas on recognizing. (Only brown text is new. Thanks to two friendly reviewers. Download PDF here.) Before engaging in the details, it is useful to get some possible misunderstanding out … Continue reading

Sequential requirements

Does a neural network need domain knowledge? I think artificial ones do, but human ones do not because they use recognition from the beginning.
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Fedwiki Hospitable Editing

A great article on the Federated Wiki about the “mode of discourse” captures particularly well the spirit of this endeavor, where conflicting ideas are to be presented without a “Gotcha Moment”.
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Homunculus vs. Emissary

Downes explains that representational theories only work if we assume a little “homunculus” inside ourselves. Therefore he emphasises the role of recognition. McGilchrist calls the representational mode an “emissary” who needs to return to his master, the presentational mode, for reintegration.
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