In the third lecture of his Biblical Series Jordan Peterson talks about the necessity of a body and how the lack held back AI development.
“One of the primary reasons that we still don't really have autonomous robots—although, we’re a lot closer to it than we were in the 1960s—is because it turned out that you actually have to have a body before you can think.”This came to mind as I was looking to throw out some old magazines. I had looked through them but only read a few articles. It seemed a waste. But is it?
I like getting physical magazines. I like physical books. I can read on line and the Kindle but it just isn’t the same. I had not read all of the magazines I received but if it were on line the chances are I would have never even looked at it. Does this relate to what Peterson was saying?
That makes me wonder how much thinking can be done when the source of information is digital. How much real contemplation can you invest in a medium that could be altered at any time without notice. I have posts that I make based on the book of Proverbs. I write them as part of an ongoing commentary I keep on the book and what I put on line is shown in a different font and a date posted. Every once in awhile I come across a bit of poor grammar or wrong choice of word and I change it in my files. It is easy.
Have you ever been in a conversation and you quote something the other person said and their response is either, “I never said that” or “That is not the word I used”? Generally you do not have a recording of the conversation but you remember it well. How do you discuss important issues with people who keep editing their memory?
I think traditional print sources are important. Word processors are convenient but I still find it helpful to print things out for reference.
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