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Humanist Archives: June 8, 2021, 6:33 a.m. Humanist 35.71 - obsolescence of markup

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        Date: 2021-06-07 10:42:20+00:00
        From: JONAH LYNCH 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.67: obsolescence of markup?

Dear Willard,

Thank you for your interesting question. I am no expert, but feel encouraged to
jump in anyway.

At a first approximation, it seems certain to me that as artificial processes of
detection improve, humans will have less marking up to do. So yes, some kinds of
markup will become obsolete at some point. Whether that process concludes by
replacing or asymptotically approaching human intelligence is anybody’s guess.
Perhaps your question could be reframed to read: does intuition exist, or is it
a name we give to patterns we do not yet know how to detect except through
“intuition"—but which are in principle computable?

Can you describe the distinction you imply between markup and scholarly
commentary? It seems to me that this would be a step in the direction of
clarifying what is special about human intelligence.

Cordially,

Jonah Lynch
University of Pavia


> On Jun 4, 2021, at 11:53, Humanist  wrote:
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>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 67.
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>        Date: 2021-06-04 07:07:11+00:00
>        From: Willard McCarty 
>        Subject: obsolescence of markup?
>
> Currently (correct me if I am wrong) markup intervenes to embed human
> intelligence about an object where artificial processes of detection and
> analysis fall short. Does this not suggest that some kinds of markup will
> become obsolete at some point? (I do not have in mind scholarly
> commentary!) Has anyone speculated intelligently along these
> lines?
>
> Yours,
> WM
> --
> Willard McCarty,
> Professor emeritus, King's College London;
> Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist
> www.mccarty.org.uk


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