Minds and Machines

Azi am citit un pic din Maestrul Jünger si un pic mai mult dintr-un alt Maestru despre care nu prea am povestit pe aici, pe Lanternativa.

Fiti atenti ce scrie John Caroll – ca despre el e vorba – in lucrarea sa de doc, publicata pe cand inca dinozaurii mai bateau padurile in lung si’n inalt:

In 1787, two years before the publication of Bentham’s principles, James Watt perfected his steam engine. As the first man to apply technological principles concerning heat and mechanical energy to large-scale work problems he effectively bridged the gap between Newtonian models and man’s practical struggle to control his environment. Although Bentham may have seen the outlines of his social theory in Smith’s economic model, it was the self-regulating machine, as it was being constructed and used for the first time, which more closely embodied the image of his ideal society – one which would work like clockwork. The hope that society, even man, would one day run like a well-lubricated machine was to receive repeated reinforcement from the technological innovations.

Dap, cam asta scrie el… Tragic.

In aceeasi ordine de well-lubricated idei, apare in Americi un jurnal foarte interesant, publicat sub auspiciile The Society for Machines and Mentality! Asa se chema asociatia, nu-i vina mea… Se chema pentru ca intre timp s-a desfiintat, numai bine.

Cateva cuvinte despre jurnal:

Affiliated with the Society for Machines and Mentality, the journal Minds and Machines fosters a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science.

The journal affords an international forum for the discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. It features special issues devoted to specific topics, critical responses to previously published pieces, and review essays discussing current problem situations.