Sunday, October 5, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Automatic knowledge. Automatic knowledge?


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-10-05]: Google is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it's doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it. [1] But can knowledge be automatic? Can knowledge be generated without consciousness? Can you know without feeling that you know? Blank data and void letters do not have soul. And it is the soul of the cosmos that we seek. Alas if seek that soul through the soulless eyes of technology. We must go back. Back to the era where we understood less. And yet we knew everything...

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