Siri Can’t Read: The False Metaphysics of the Singularity

Siri can’t read.

Google isn’t thinking.

Technology doesn’t want anything.

The internet doesn’t connect humans.

Networks don’t learn.

Technology is not good.

Technology is not bad.

 

These are all necessary corrections, given the anthropomorphic language used by techno-philosophers. Supporters of such theories as the Singularity seem unaware that their worldviews are built on metaphysics as much as physics. (After all, Atoms are immortal; Adams are not.) And while, as I’ve noted here, advances in artificial intelligence may challenge our human-centric notions of consciousness, we seem much too eager to describe the internet and advanced networks in terms that degrade human consciousness and creativity, as if sentience were merely an algorithm.

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