Reading “Alone together” by Sherry Turkle: continued

Moving ahead reading proved that the first impression was correct:  the book is a great reading.

When I was getting close to the end of the first part, the one related to robots, I started to feel it hard to continue as reading was giving me a certain degree of discomfort somewhat similar to what I’ve experienced reading “A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism” by Giulio Meotti.
It took me a while to realize the source of this feeling: the author was dismantling the mental barrier that protects me from the idea of having the robots in the future on the sale level as humans.

Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are the key pillar of my vision about what robots can’t do in the future and this was all I needed to dismiss the rise of the robots as a non-issue.
The challenge is that Sherry Turkle provides a lot of evidence of the fact that people is lowering the bar of what they feel is needed to accept the robots as relational manufacts.
No need to make them smart as humans leads to the ineffectiveness of the mathematical safeguard of Gödel’s incompleteness theorems: by lowering expectations robots will be able to match them in the near future.

You can take a look at Gödel’s incompleteness theorems on wikipedia (not the easiest of the journeys if you don’t have a bit of logic and algebra background) or read Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid as an easier introduction.

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