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Humanist Archives: May 17, 2022, 5:52 a.m. Humanist 36.13 - non-human words and worlds (Daedalus 151.2)

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        Date: 2022-05-16 21:37:19+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon <>
        Subject: Non-Human Words: On GPT-3 as a Philosophical Laboratory | American Academy of Arts and Sciences


This article is worth reading. Here’s 2 paragraphs almost at the end:

> What will it mean to be surrounded by a multitude of non-human forms of
> intelligence? What is the alternative to building large-scale collaborations
> between philosophers and technologists that ground in engineering as well as an
> acute awareness of the philosophical stakes of building LLMs and other
> foundational models?
> It is naive to think we can simply navigate–or regulate–the new world that
> surrounds us with the help of the old concepts. And it is equally naive to
> assume engineers can do a good job at building the new epoch without making
> these philosophical questions part of the building itself: for articulating new
> concepts is not a theoretical but a practical challenge; it is at stake in the
> experiments happening in (the West at) places like OpenAI, Google, Microsoft,
> Facebook, and Amazon.

From a whole issue of Dædalus is devoted to AI.


Bill Benzon <>

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