“How the Enlightenment Ends”
Enjoy an insightful conversation with Dr. Henry Kissinger regarding Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Henry Kissinger, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and legendary foreign policy advisor, is currently President and Chairman of Kissinger and Associates. He is a former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
According to Dr. Kissinger, “Through all human history, civilizations have created ways to explain the world around them — in the Middle Ages, religion; in the Enlightenment, reason; in the 19th century, history; in the 20th century, ideology. Heretofore, the technological advance that most altered the course of modern history was the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. The most difficult yet important question about the world into which we are headed is this: What will become of human consciousness if its own explanatory power is surpassed by Artificial Intelligence, and societies are no longer able to interpret the world they inhabit in terms that are meaningful to them?”
What is the impact on human cognition? What is the role of ethics in this process? Philosophers in the field of humanities helped shape previous concepts of world order. Artificial Intelligence is inexperienced in politics and philosophy. Dr. Kissinger warns if we do not develop a national vision soon, we may discover that we started too late.
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