You are Not a Gadget. Jaron Lanier.

Lanier, Jaron. You are Not a Gadget Knopf New York 2010. N; December 2010.

Fascinating. This is the inventor of virtual reality who takes the soft view on the ontology of the “Brights”, on their website. Computer scientist and engineer, he doesn’t agree with Dennet and company that only non-mysterious things are real. The point of the book, I think, is that we are headed for mediocrity with the ideology that sees the Internet as a potential meta-entity with a life of its own. Software is never creative, people are creative. He links the olfactory sense to language, which appeals to my orientation.

For me, artificial intelligence will never have human feel, because human feel is evolved, ergo made up of all sorts of oddball characteristics that have nothing necessarily to do with what we now need or want to do. 8.4

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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