Pseudo-Book (Heap of Papers!) to hold a subset my printouts / photocopies of papers related - inter alia - to my Thesis on the topic of Personal Identity. Those I'm currently reading (allegedly).
"Insole (Christopher J.) - Realism and Anti-Realism"
Source: The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology, Edited by William J. Abraham and Frederick D. Aquino, June 2017
- The chapter argues that the search for a single construal of the realism/anti-realism distinction is misguided. There are more or less apt versions of the distinction, each framed with a specific set of interests. The terms of art, ‘realist’ and ‘anti-realist’, are not helpfully construed as applying across whole domains (‘science’, ‘religion’, ‘ethics’), or thinkers, but at the level of particular statements.
- As such, the distinction has less in common with categorizations such as ‘theist/atheist’, or ‘empiricist/rationalist’, and more in common with (contestable, but still useful for many) terms of art such as ‘a priori/a posteriori’ and ‘analytic/synthetic’.
- The chapter explores four alternative construals of the distinction: cognitivist, ontological, epistemological, and semantic. When we get to the more subtle construals of semantic anti-realism/realism, it is unclear what precisely (if anything) is at stake in the debate.
"Various - Papers on Desktop"
Source: Various - Papers on Desktop
- If this pseudo-paper appears in "Various - Papers on Desktop" on its own, this indicates that there are no papers on my desktop!
- Otherwise, it can be ignored.
"Wyatt (John) - Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships"
Source: Cambridge Papers, Vol. 28.3, December 2019
- Interactions with apparently human-like and ‘emotionally intelligent’ AIs are likely to become commonplace within the next ten years, ranging from entirely disembodied agents like chatbots through to physical humanoid robots.
- This will lead to new and troubling ethical, personal and legal dilemmas. Will the promotion of ‘relationships’ with machines contribute to societal wellbeing and human flourishing, or provide new opportunities for manipulation and deception of the vulnerable?
- As biblical Christians we are called to safeguard and to celebrate the centrality of embodied human-to-human relationships, particularly in essential caring and therapeutic roles, and in our families and Christian communities.
COMMENT: For the full text see Wyatt - Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships.
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