Tutorial: Pause II: Your Sense of Community

Tutorial: Pause II: Your Sense of Community:

How will this impact the people in my community?

A pamphlet left on the ground following a demonstration of solidarity for justice in Mexico City.

In our African Language we say “ a person is a person through other persons”.  I would not know how to be a human at all except I learned this from other human beings.  We are made for a delicate network of relationships of interdependence.  We are meant to complement each other.  All kinds of things go horribly wrong when we break that fundamental law of our being.

   The Words of Archbishop Desmond TuTu

I recommend you always start with the grounding experience of Pause I before entering the considerations of Pause II. Pause II will introduce elements of conflict for your Sense of Good. While inconvenient this resistance is critical in your growth from knowledge to wisdom.

Like the word “good” words like “family”, “brother”, “sister”,”neighbor” are words that evolve in the context of community. Even though they fluctuate and change with the times, what these words seem to imply in common across time is ‘sustained caring’. We are born, learn to live, and are fated to die in the context of community either physically or in memory. Pause II is about how your decision will resonate in your community.

Ethics and morality find expression in community and will frustrate law unless the law itself is attentive to the ethical and moral.  The collective  Sense-of-Good will frustrate all of the above unless ethics morality and law are all grounded in a collective goodness.  The Good Decision is premised on the collective Sense-of-Good; or as some people might call it “community”.  So let’s look at our Sense of Community. 

The Commentary and Guidance below can clarify this instruction for you,

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Good, Artificial Intelligence, and Faith

I concluded my last over-long post with the sentence: “Our world’s trouble right now is not that AI is becoming more competitively human;  it is that humans are becoming more like AI”.  I work each day with a Rubik’s cube knowing that there is a chance I will never master the cube’s challenges to my particular brain given the nature of my intelligence.  I have been working on it a few minutes a day for 8 or 9 years taking the occasional break, but always returning.  I have made progress so it is not an entirely mad project.  The thing is, complicated as it is, the cube is a finite problem. Some people solve the puzzle in moments.  My intelligence isn’t structured that way, but I can exercise to improve the lesser strengths of the brain I inherited.  

For me the Act-of-Faith for this century is to rest in the certain understanding that the human being is an infinite problem.  We are not a several levels up ‘Chess’ or ‘Go’ problem or a very large Rubik’s cube. Our intelligence is a magnificent tool, but only a tool.  Our intelligence resides in us as one tool in a very large tool box. Intelligence separated from the context of the complex human is, no matter how impressive, finite. Our finite tools, assets, gifts, or strengths may some day be replicated artificially, but they will remain finite and artificial. If I understand what I am reading in today’s science, it is the relationships of these assets or gifts that make us the infinite humans we experience ourselves as being. We humans must be able to draw our creativity from beyond the finite limits of any individual strength we may seek to master.  This age’s science fiction fascination with portals and black holes suggests to me a profound seemingly universal need to escape the confinements of the finite intelligence. Rather than idolize the individual tools of our nature we need a shift  to allow us to revere the relationships and possibilities skillful internal relationship management offers. AI as a tool can serve as an asset to this positive relational revival. But if our choice is to fight AI directly without the deeper understanding of the infinite, AI will prevail and become a cancer on the soul. One thing is certain: AI will explode our understanding of that finite tool we now call our intelligence.  

So we carry on. 

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