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AI & SOCIETY

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Culture, the process of knowledge, perception of the world and emergence of AI

  • Badrudin AmershiEmail author
Open Forum

Abstract

Considering the technological development today, we are facing an emerging crisis. We are in the midst of a scientific revolution, which promises to radically change not only the way we live and work—but beyond that challenge the stability of the very foundations of our civilization and the international political order. All our attention and effort is thus focused on cushioning its impacts on life and society. Looking back in history, it would be pertinent to ask whether this process is a “quasi” natural event destined to continue its path which forebodes severe ethical, social and political repercussions, or is it the outcome of a particular socio-cultural value system? What then are the different value systems and mind-sets? How do these impact on our perception of the world, our cognition systems and our self-perception? At the core of this revolution are the recent technological developments in information and data processing and the creation of AI and the role of algorithms. Are algorithms quasi “independent” artificial languages for assessing situations, solving problems and taking decisions on fundamental social issues? Or do they rest on the fundament of natural language? What ethical and moral code do they follow? What drivers underlie this technological process? Are these culture specific or universal? Could a change of “cultural perspective” provide us with new insights to steer the process and change its course?

Keywords

Technology Industrial process Cultural values “Eastern” and “Western” cultures Perception Cognition and knowledge Language Algorithms AI “Self-reflection” Ethical decisions and judgements Nature and human nature 

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  1. 1.Cpo-ImOsnabrückGermany

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