Three Limitations of Algorithmic Reason: Steering the Human Mind in the Twenty First Century
Em: Proceedings - 3rd European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ECIAIR 2021
Artificial Intelligence has pervaded contemporary societies in almost every way as an externalized, fragmented, and optimized form of rationality. I call this externalized mode of thought “algorithmic rationality” and to the ideology favoring it, “algorithmic reason”. Although algorithmic reason original goal was to facilitate the arising of a highly participative and global Culture, fitting all citizens in a dynamic democratic society, History has it that AI technology would be ceased by consumer logic and computational propaganda. I discuss the economical, epistemological, and political implementation of algorithmic reason, introducing three cases. I argue that such implementation comprises a cybernetic loop, involving a centralized AI and its instrumentalized users. Commenting upon the ubiquity of such loop, I introduce three limitations of algorithmic reason. The first two are of a computational nature. The third owes its presence to a cybernetic loop, producing a steering effect on the human mind and promoting a cultural flattening effect. This, I conclude, may result in the impoverish of creativity, critical thought, and intellectual curiosity.