ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND WISDOM

Shared by Mirza Ashraf

Abstract: We are living in an era of Scientific Enlightenment in which an incredibly instantaneous technological development is changing everything in our life. At this point, past decades of scientific and digital era have produced great comforts of life and easy access to knowledge. Today, there is an alarming call, “The Robots are coming! Artificial Intelligence is coming!” No doubt, science produces greater knowledge, enhances our understanding of the natural world and the universe, but the important point is, does it help enhance our wisdom which is more important than knowledge? We know that without wisdom human beings do not know how to use ethically scientific developed instruments for the benefit of mankind. Thus the crucial questions before us are: Can science help us to become wiser? Can artificial intelligence create or help us receive or discover wisdom? Can future super-computer be equipped with a wisdom chip to propound spontaneously and wisely as an incomputable and unpredictable situation demands? Scientists working on artificial intelligence are discovering to equip the digital computers with a brain performing as good as human brain. It seems possible scientists may discover a way or a process of uploading human mind with all that exists in an individual’s brain, such as, memory, perception, emotion, experience, wisdom and consciousness, as an artificial neural network or mind-transfer from a biological brain to a computational device. Some scientists believe that theoretically it would be possible that a person’s brain can be scanned, mapped, and its activities transferred to a computer hard drive. If this process becomes practicable, computers would be able to respond in the same way as the original human brain. But a technological prospect of wisdom is not is still utopian, as human brain is not a digital computer but a highly sophisticated neural network. Its neural networks are collections of hundred billions of neurons that constantly rewire and reinforce themselves after accomplishing a new task. The biological brain’s neural network requires no programming which is parallel with a hundred billion neurons firing instantly to accomplish a single task to learn and to create something new. A digital computer has a fixed architecture having a devised operating system based on input, output, and processor. Thus the crucial questions before us are: Can artificial intelligence create or help us receive or discover wisdom? Can future super-computer be equipped with a wisdom chip to propound spontaneously and wisely as an incomputable and unpredictable situation demands? …….

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