It means nothing to me
This means nothing to me
- Wittgenstein, ‘Philosophical Investigations’ §412 (1963)
|Bad luck, Donaghy, machines are coming for your job|
2. Getting the Categories Right - Singular or Plural?
3. The Private Language Argument and the Uncanny
|Of course, I'm as freaked out as anyone by all this.|
4. Desire and Motive
‘“I’d like an apple” does not mean: I believe an apple will quell my feeling of non-satisfaction. This [the latter] utterance is an expression not of a wish but of non-satisfaction.’ - (PI § 441)
This child does not believe the ‘apple’ is linked to his happiness - her real wish is to continue the game, perhaps.
The machines can be given the language of normal human life, including normal human wishing, in order to attempt to solve a type of equation, whereby objects need to be divided according to rules. That is surely not very frightening. It does not mean they will then begin to wish at all, let alone with the complexity of which a three year old is capable. After all, other types of machines may be given names; boats are. Only magical thinking leads us to think that the name gives it a matching personality, matching desires. The real question is: what do the machines ‘want’? Nothing. They are slaves to their programming. Therefore they can have no dominant feeling of non-satisfaction such as we think we perceive in the script above.