On Being & Knowing - A Response

The current zeitgeist says loud and clear; "the journey is the destination". This is the postmodern condition, where no absolutes exists and the self is the reference point of the universe, but this way of travelling is a restless endeavour and less than satisfying, if not despairing. If not destination (which might be considered unreachable), then at least direction is essential and I think the hunger for meaning exceeds that for means.

So maybe the story is more important than the journey. Why are we even travelling? How are we trying to find who we are?

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Miriam OwenComment
Artificial Intelligence - on personhood

A soft alarm wakes me – perfectly in sync with my circadian rhythms – and I trundle downstairs, set to face a new week. Alex notifies me of the weather, so the blinds remain closed. Ambient lighting matches my mood. Morose, yet determined. Another Monday morning.

Breakfast is served to me by Xeva, my ever-present home helper, whilst Jibu helps me plan ahead, and visualise my calendar, by running through my meetings for the day. Ping. The time has come – 8am, time to brave the world. Tap, I order an UberAir.

The sky taxi arrives in 3 minutes, just time to brush my teeth. Whisk. Off I go, merging with the air traffic & Amazon drones, doing their routine deliveries, keeping the world going, keeping things moving.

The world according to GAFA…

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Samuel Johns Comments
Epistemology is the new Ontology

The world epistemology simply means the 'theory of knowledge' – or more specifically, an understanding of the methods, scope, and validity of knowing – the very domain of what we believe. We could reduce it (somewhat simplistically) to know-how. And within this would also fall the important distinction between justified belief and opinion. Or, to rephrase this, between the world of objective fact and subjective musing.

As for ontology, our musings suddenly become more significant. Ontology is the 'branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being'. What exists? What is? How come? These questions are front and centre – fundamental, foundational, and largely implicit in sophisticated societies. We rarely stop to consider them. Yet they shape what we believe both to be true, and also valid of truth.

So what if epistemology is the new ontology?

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Samuel JohnsComment
Artificial Intelligence - Ethics & Challenges

AI – or artificial intelligence – is defined as ‘an area of computer science that emphasises the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans’ (Techopedia, 2018). Activities these machines are designed for include speech recognition, problem solving, data pattern matching, and logical learning and planning. 

At the November Graduate Impact Cross-Current meetings in Berlin, Germany, eminent technologist and AI-speaker Jeremy Peckham spoke on the moral and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.

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Miriam OwenComment