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Analyzing the intersection of Technology, Politics and Philosophy, from an unapologetically Leftist perspective.

General Intellect Unit General Intellect Unit

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    • 4.9 • 91 Ratings

Analyzing the intersection of Technology, Politics and Philosophy, from an unapologetically Leftist perspective.

    111 - Exit Code 0

    111 - Exit Code 0

    In which the show ends, and Kyle & June reflect on the project.
    Thank you all.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    110 - Aesthetics of Democratic Economic Planning

    110 - Aesthetics of Democratic Economic Planning

    In which Kyle interviews Eric Meier on his recent exhibition "Art, Design, Aesthetics of Democratic Economic Planning".
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    A tour of the exhibition, on Youtube
    "About my exhibition 'Art, Design, Aesthetics of Democratic Economic Planning'"
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    • 2 hr 8 min
    109 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 6

    109 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 6

    In which we are joined by Ezri of Swampside Chats, to continue our discussion of "Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation" by Joseph Weizenbaum. In this episode we cover the third an fourth chapters of the book.

    Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation (1976) by Joseph Weizenbaum displays the author's ambivalence towards computer technology and lays out the case that while artificial intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom.
    Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. Deciding is a computational activity, something that can ultimately be programmed. It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes one a human being. Choice, however, is the product of judgment, not calculation. Comprehensive human judgment is able to include non-mathematical factors such as emotions. Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison.

    If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon.
    Links:
    Computer Power and Human Reason on Wikipedia
    Turing's O-Machines
    General Intellect Unit on iTunes
    http://generalintellectunit.net
    Support the show on Patreon
    https://twitter.com/giunitpod
    General Intellect Unit on Facebook
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    108 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 5

    108 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 5

    In which we are joined by Ezri of Swampside Chats, to continue our discussion of "Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation" by Joseph Weizenbaum. In this episode we cover the second chapter of the book.

    Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation (1976) by Joseph Weizenbaum displays the author's ambivalence towards computer technology and lays out the case that while artificial intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom.
    Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. Deciding is a computational activity, something that can ultimately be programmed. It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes one a human being. Choice, however, is the product of judgment, not calculation. Comprehensive human judgment is able to include non-mathematical factors such as emotions. Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison.

    If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon.
    Links:
    Computer Power and Human Reason on Wikipedia
    Weizenbaum's Nightmares, on The Guardian
    Inside the Very Human Origin of the Term “Artificial Intelligence”
    General Intellect Unit on iTunes
    http://generalintellectunit.net
    Support the show on Patreon
    https://twitter.com/giunitpod
    General Intellect Unit on Facebook
    General Intellect Unit on archive.org
    Emancipation Network

    • 58 min
    107 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 4

    107 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 4

    In which we are joined by Ezri of Swampside Chats, to continue our discussion of "Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation" by Joseph Weizenbaum. In this episode we cover the first chapter of the book.

    Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation (1976) by Joseph Weizenbaum displays the author's ambivalence towards computer technology and lays out the case that while artificial intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom.
    Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. Deciding is a computational activity, something that can ultimately be programmed. It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes one a human being. Choice, however, is the product of judgment, not calculation. Comprehensive human judgment is able to include non-mathematical factors such as emotions. Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison.

    If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon.
    Links:
    Computer Power and Human Reason on Wikipedia
    Weizenbaum's Nightmares, on The Guardian
    Inside the Very Human Origin of the Term “Artificial Intelligence”
    General Intellect Unit on iTunes
    http://generalintellectunit.net
    Support the show on Patreon
    https://twitter.com/giunitpod
    General Intellect Unit on Facebook
    General Intellect Unit on archive.org
    Emancipation Network

    • 1 hr 22 min
    106 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 3

    106 - Computer Power and Human Reason, Part 3

    In which we are joined by Ezri of Swampside Chats, to continue our discussion of "Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation" by Joseph Weizenbaum. In this episode we cover the prefaces, introduction, and chapter one.

    Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation (1976) by Joseph Weizenbaum displays the author's ambivalence towards computer technology and lays out the case that while artificial intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom.
    Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. Deciding is a computational activity, something that can ultimately be programmed. It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes one a human being. Choice, however, is the product of judgment, not calculation. Comprehensive human judgment is able to include non-mathematical factors such as emotions. Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for mathematical comparison.

    If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon.
    Links:
    Computer Power and Human Reason on Wikipedia
    Weizenbaum's Nightmares, on The Guardian
    Inside the Very Human Origin of the Term “Artificial Intelligence”
    General Intellect Unit on iTunes
    http://generalintellectunit.net
    Support the show on Patreon
    https://twitter.com/giunitpod
    General Intellect Unit on Facebook
    General Intellect Unit on archive.org
    Emancipation Network

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

LeftistTechBro ,

Computer Science and Leftist Thought

I didn’t think there would such an overlap bu GIU shows they deeply connected

CH6D ,

Encouraging and also devastating

I recently graduated with a degree in Computer Science and I've been very discouraged by how technology is used and discussed. I've had a lot of difficulty feeling excited about my degree or any career I might end up in. This podcast is super encouraging because there are other tech people out there with similar beliefs who are appalled by a lot of the practices in the tech world too, but it's devastating because the tech industry is still terrible and the podcast takes time to deep dive into those issues.

Gherkin Rick ,

Thought provoking, trenchant

This podcast is a good antidote to the tech bro libertarian ideology that so dominates Silicon Valley.

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