The Cognitive Informatics Approach Towards Wisdom

The Cognitive Informatics Approach Towards Wisdom

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-168-3.ch003
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Introduction

The purpose of this study is to analyze the state of the art of sciences in the context of researching wisdom. Some recommendations will be offered for the further pursuit of wisdom among people and machines.

Spectacular progress in technology, such as the development of high-speed computer chips that are faster than human brains, suggests that we will face free-thinking machines sooner rather than later, and prompts thoughts of evolution in the post-human civilization. Hence, numerous questions need to be answered, including:

  • 1.

    Are mind science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive informatics really ready to develop thinking machines?

  • 2.

    Are thinking machines really a “threat” for humans?

  • 3.

    Do we need thinking machines to take over our civilizations?

  • 4.

    Why do we not apply Asimov’s laws for robotics?

  • 5.

    What is the role of thinking machines in civilizations?

  • 6.

    What is the role of wisdom in answering these questions?

  • 7.

    Is our wisdom at the level of answering these questions?

Answers to these questions are not yet fully available because further research is necessary, which is indicated in this study. Furthermore, we need to differentiate science fiction and journalistic publications from the reality of the advancement of developing intelligence and wisdom among not only thinking machines, but among humans as well.

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