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What human needs can Artificial Intelligence meet?

Find below the interview of François Prouteau on Artificial Intelligence on the French local radio: RCF!

RCF: Next Tuesday, you are leading the second session of the forum under the patronage of UNESCO on the theme of the Metamorphosis of the World and the impact on humans of advances in technosciences and artificial intelligence?

This forum joins a major question of our time and for the future of humanity, with important stakes for education. I actively participate in this forum as president of Fondacio, which has long been strongly involved in this Catholic-inspired NGO platform that is the CCIC, a partner of UNESCO, the UN specialized agency for science. , culture and education. UNESCO wants to develop recommendations in the face of current crises and ongoing techno-scientific revolutions.

After the session of this forum, on April 8, devoted to the context and the different dimensions of this Metamorphosis of the World, what is the theme of this second session, Tuesday, May 11?

The chosen theme is: “Does Artificial Intelligence lead to rethinking the human being?” What human needs can Artificial Intelligence, AI, meet? Today, holding a global discourse on the human being in all its complexity is a difficult task. AI came out of laboratories at the end of the last century, it has become “universal and all-powerful”, as Father Eric Salobir pointed out during the Introduction to the forum, April 8, 2021. The whole field of possibilities seems open, and our vision of what the world and the human are is questioned from top to bottom. Will man “make his honey” from technosciences and AI or, on the contrary, are they not in the process of eliminating the human person, making the world of men disappear?

Can you give examples?

As we can see at the moment, the speed with which vaccines have been developed is the result of the application of AI: it has made it possible to determine in record time and precisely the structure of the proteins of the virus. The impact of AI in all sectors of individual life and society is incredible, on our smartphones and for the professional activity of doctors, teachers and also those who analyze health or climate crises. But there is also a general concern about a possible takeover of AI over humans, fears about freedom of expression, privacy, manipulation of information, or even the economy. Are we heading towards an economy based on productive efficiency and consumption patterns enslaved to machine algorithms? Or is AI participating in the gradual advent of an “economy centered on creative intensity, but also on relational and spiritual intensity, for which the model of exchange remains to be invented” (Giorgini, The crisis joy, Bayard, 2021)? These will be some of the questions we will explore with the six experts, French, German, Canadian, and Ivorian during our webinar on May 11.
Possibility to watch the presentation of this forum and to register online for this May 11 webinar on our website, online.

– May 11 at 5:30 a.m.: Faced with Artificial Intelligence, what anthropological vision of the changing Human? With what ethical references should we think of the Human in order to educate a Man and not a robot?

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