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08/07/2020ROBOTS, MIMESIS, AND VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF AI

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ROBOTS, MIMESIS, AND VIOLENCE IN THE AGE OF AI

 

Voici le thème de la prochaine réunion annuelle de COV&R, qui a lieu du 8 au 11 juillet à l'université Perdue, dans l'Indiana. Vous pouvez  vous inscrire et/ou proposer une communication (date limite fin avril).

 

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In our conference at Purdue next July, we would like to open a conversation between Girardian thinking—especially René Girard’s ideas about mimetic desire, sacrificial violence, and scapegoating—and issues that arise in connection with artificial intelligence. Theorists of AI sometimes speak of a singularity by ​which they designate an anticipated moment when such systems become self-aware. As AI assumes increasing prominence in our lives, a host of questions arise for those of us who regard Girard’s ideas as important. Does self-awareness come with mimetic desire the way Girard claims it does for humans? If robots do become self-aware, and do desire, does that awareness and desire necessarily entail conflict or violence the way it does in human communities for Girard? Are we sure mimesis presupposes self-awareness? Could machines be hyper-mimetic without being self-aware? If we imagine machines modeling others, do they model others the way Girard shows humans do or do they respond exclusively to programmed instructions—stimuli, signals, algorithms and the like? If we imagine machines as appropriating desire, could humans begin taking machines as their models? We know humans already sometimes take machines as desirable objects. If machines borrow models, what are they? What will self-aware machines imitate? Other machines? Humans? Nearby or remote objects? A transcendental intelligence of some kind? Does consciousness presuppose mimesis or vice versa?

Lieu : Université Perdue USAAnimateur/Intervenant/Confèrencier : COV&R

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