Intelligence and Wisdom: AI Meets Chinese Philosophers (Hardback)Bing Song (editor)
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This book centers on laying foundational values in the era of frontier technologies by tapping into the wisdom of ancient Chinese philosophy. It tries to answer the following questions: How is the essence underpinning humans, nature, and machines changing in this age of frontier technologies? What is the appropriate ethical framework, if there is one, for regulating human-machine relationships? What human values, if any, should be embedded in or learnt by AI? How might frontier technologies impact the future research direction of Chinese philosophy?
Like most Western commentators, many Chinese philosophers, who are mostly trained in Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, have expressed deep concern over diminishing human autonomy and free will in the age of data manipulation and automation, as well as the potential loss of purpose and meaning of human life in the long run. However, it is generally noted that there has been much less anxiety in China than in the West about the perceived existential risks from projected super-intelligence. Two key points emerged from discussions on ideas and practices that may have shaped Chinese thinking towards the development of frontier technologies and the approach to human-machine relationship. First, the three dominant schools of Chinese thinking-Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism-all strongly reflect non-anthropocentric perspectives. None of these philosophies places humanity in a supreme position in the universe. The second relevant commonality of the three schools is their emphasis on self-restraint, constant introspection, and the pursuit of sage-hood. These views therefore see the risks posed by frontier technologies as an opportunity to engage in introspection on the lessons learned from our social and political history.This book consists of nine leading Chinese philosophers' reflections on AI's impact on human nature and the human society. This is a groundbreaking work, which has pioneered the in-depth intellectual exploration involving traditional Chinese philosophy and frontier technologies such as AI and robotics and has inspired multidisciplinary and across area studies on AI, philosophy, and ethical implications.
Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore
Number of pages: 140
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2022
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