A Nietzschean Critique of GPT-3

Language enables interaction through which the self experiences and understands itself in relation to others. GPT-3 constitutes these interactions through the text it generates. The self, language, and GPT-3 are ultimately intertwined.…

The co-constitution of voice assistants and language

Our material environment is increasingly constituted by algorithms in the form of smart technologies, consisting of various sensors, such as facial recognition. But we are also making our homes more “smart” by connecting different devices to the internet. For example, smart speakers like Amazon Echo. Since the environment and the…

The Causal Uncertainty of Modelling with Big Data

Big Data or data-intensive science is often perceived as leading to more knowledge by processing more data (boyd & Crawford, 2012, p. 663). However, this is questionable. We face causal uncertainty in big data modelling, because it is becoming increasingly difficult to represent complex phenomena adequately. Ironically, because of the…

Machines on Psychedelics

In 1950 Alan Turing introduced the Turing-Test and since then there has been an ongoing debate about whether machines can think or not. Especially due to recent breakthroughs in computer science and artificial intelligence, it is being revived again and again. This discussion raises questions like: What is the difference…