All good questions, Stephen. I wish I had good answers. I will say that the monster’s self-education is admirably responsible, in the sense that he views the entire journey of discovery as an ethical quest as well.
Thanks for the context; that helps a lot.
I’ve been thinking about responsibility recently.
If an AI is autonomous, we might say it is responsible for its own acts, and if so, then does this absolve the creator of responsibility?
The Gothic character of this post led me to think quite naturally of the analogous argument from Mary Shelly: Dr. Frankenstein has created an (admittedly flawed) life, which is by all accounts autonomous, so we ask, is he responsible for the actions (and feelings) of his monster?
@Stephen: I should have provided more context. I couldn’t think of a way to do it. Mayer uses “good American” ironically, as a way of saying that Americans are no more immune to denial of responsibility than anyone else. In this case, it’s a particularly harsh irony, as the subject of the book is Nazi Germany.
My apologies–and I mean that sincerely. I’ll edit the post to avoid misleading anyone else.
“…even a good American…”
as though, what, Americans are more good than the rest of us?
This one phrase ruined the article for me.
In this age of busy-ness and assessment and evidence of efficacy, it is good to hear your voice again reflecting on big issues, something you have a genuine talent for. This post made me think that sometimes true learning, deep learning requires patience and perhaps the appearance of doing nothing when we’re actually, thinking, perceiving, opening ourselves up to what might be revealed. Is it in part like when to see clearly you need to look not directly at the object, but rather to the side, to something else? Thank you for sharing.
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