On the Evolution of Thinking

What if we are becoming the very same Artificial Intelligence that we are trying to design? The doubt has has been raised by Nicholas Carr in an article published one year ago on The Atlantic and now published on Le Monde. The theory is intriguing and the discourse goes, in the words of developmental psychologist Maryanne Wolf, more or less in this direction:

We are not only what we read, We are how we read.

So, learning directly from the voice of Socrates is not the same as learning from the Internet. The way we approach new ideas and knowledge influences how we assimilate them and how we develop our thinking. The risk is that our mind might find so attractive the effectivness of the Google’s algorithm to try to replicate it forgetting all the ambiguity that has made us what we are. What we are so far.

Update: Have a look at this article on Le Monde about the influence of the new information technologies on culture.

Friday, 5 June 2009

tweets


Twitter: frbailo

links


blogroll


RSS r-bloggers.com

  • Model-Based Causal Forests for Heterogeneous Treatment Effects
    A new arXiv paper investigates which building blocks of random forests, especially causal forests and model-based forests, make them work for heterogeneous treatment effect estimation, both in randomized trials and observational studies. ... Continue reading: Model-Based Causal Forests for Heterogeneous Treatment Effects
  • A Major Contribution to Learning R
    Prominent statistician Frank Harrell has come out with a radically new R tutorial, rflow. The name is short for “R workflow,” but I call it “R in a box” –everything one needs for beginning serious usage of R, starting from little or no background. By serious usage I mean real ... Continue reading: A Major […]
  • Evaluating GitHub Activity for Contributors
    Say you have a bug report or feature request to make to a package. How can you use information on GitHub to manage your expectations (will there be a quick fix) and actions (should you go ahead and fork the repository)? In this post, we shall go over ... Continue reading: Evaluating GitHub Activity for […]
  • Developing React Applications in RStudio Workbench
    Introduction RStudio Workbench provides a development environment for R, Python, and many other languages. When developing a performant web application you may progress from Shiny towards tools li... Continue reading: Developing React Applications in RStudio Workbench
  • Food Crisis Analysis and, Forecasting with Neural Network Autoregression
    The war between Russia and Ukraine has affected the global food supply other than many vital things. Primarily cereal crop products have been affected the most because the imports have been provided to the world mainly through Ukraine and Russia. Let’s check the situation we’ve mentioned for G20 ... Continue reading: Food Crisis Analysis and, […]

RSS Simply Statistics

RSS Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science