A Few Philosophical Thoughts About Artificial Intelligence: An Ancient Wish To Forge The Gods?

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By Marco Ciappelli | Co-Host Sean Martin
A conversation with Ariel Herbert-Voss


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the intersection of IT security and society; welcome to ITSPmagazine.

This is Marco Ciappelli, and you are about to listen to another episode of my podcast series The Cyber Society.

Let's face it: the future is now. 

We are already living in a cyber society, so we need to stop ignoring it or pretending that is not affecting us.

Here is where IT security and society truly intersect. Here is where we discuss the impact that technology and cybersecurity - or the lack of - have on our everyday life. 

Here is where we look at all the internet-connected conveniences, we raise our voice and call for awareness, and we educate ourselves about information security, privacy, and cyber safety.

Because there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, to talk about the future of this digitally connected world.

What you are about to hear on today's podcast is an enjoyable and honest conversation about Artificial Intelligence. We cover the whys, the hows, the hype, the expectations and where we are really standing.


My Guests is Ariel Herbert-Voss
Computer Science Ph.D. at Harvard University and security expert for machine learning.
I am also pleased to have Sean Martin participating in this enjoyable and interesting conversation that I dared to title: A Few Philosophical Thoughts About Artificial Intelligence: An Ancient Wish To Forge The Gods?*


*note: when I came up with the podcast title I was not aware of an author named
Pamela McCorduck and her reference to AI as the desire of men to forge the gods in her books. I haven’t read her work but I am most certainly going to.


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In this episode, amongst other topics…

A brief history of Artificial Intelligence

How Artificial Intelligence is already quite amazing and yet, so very far away from what its true potentials are.

Computers’ data processing ability as the essential requirement that is allowing computer science to turn theory into reality.

Are we trying to play god? Maybe.
Maybe we have been wanting to play this game for a very long time
Is this the next level of an old game?

How crucial and consequential are today's decisions for the future relationship between AI and humans?

Computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and many more disciplines are needed to prepare our future with AI. Because we cannot hide behind a pointing finger and say machine did it; that would mean that we, humans, did it.

In my humble opinion, Artificial Intelligence is fundamentally an extension of humanity and an evolution of the state of being human.

Shall we listen? 

Let’s…


Enjoy the podcast, listen to it carefully, and share it recklessly! 

* If you have read my introduction above, you can go directly to the conversation by skipping ahead to 2:58 - Enjoy!


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