The early computer visionaries saw that real promise of computers not in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but in Intelligence Amplification (IA) .
The question was not how might the computer replace us, but how might it help us, particularly as we seek to better manage complex systems.
Humankind has always had tools to help us think. Think the abacus.
We wonder why we speak so much these days of AI, but never a word spoken about IA.
Might it be that AI fits a dualistic framework – Cartesian in nature – of us and the computer as 'other'? Might we then be missing the true opportunity here, one seen by those visionaries, where the relationship was symbiotic?
One the helps us potential fulfill an aspiration articulated by Licklider: >The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today. wikipedia
We sense that Ward's vision for the federated wiki is taking us to a place of new symbiotic potential. One that is that is following A New Path of Discovery to develop a Cybernetics for complex systems.
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