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On Appreciating Love in the Age of AI

The success of interdisciplinary scientific findings today is increasingly in the conceptual performance. In a global situation of abundant factual knowledge (big data), it is only a question of the right context: Complexity reduction must be adequately scaled in the current balance of potentiality and orientation. Sometimes a precise distinction is enough to gain sustainable knowledge.

I am often asked, "What is the difference between natural intelligence and so-called artificial intelligence?"

One of my brief answers: "The first is the ability to control the attention, as it enables the both human forms of intelligence - intellectuality and wisdom."*

This ability correlates with will, and has to do with inspiration.

In fact, two kinds of attention can be distinguished:

(a) constant multiple orientation in the environment

(b) attention directed to the potential within the sexual duality due to the structural - not only biological! - coupling (with beings of the same embodiment structure evolved) that we traditionally call love (Tsvasman 2006).

The first enables an intersubjective and therefore symbolic reality construction and can be simulated by artificial systems. The second is the "real" cognition by awareness and in fact - the only possible genuine knowledge in our dual world of action.

The first is based on the conditioning of natural living beings through fear during the common survival in one particular reality; the second is associated with the natural incentive of the human capacity for wisdom - to overcome the inner duality of the own embodiment, which is realized in factual dichotomy of potentiality and actuality in our life world.

Only this second - genuine human - ability to pay attention to the potential of the structurally equal (these are more or less all living), the equivalent of love, leads to realization by cognition, but always remains in the subject and consequently can not be communicated. While there is no real insight at the intersubjective-operational level, we do not need it either: we do not need to fully understand the world to steer AI's performance for shaping our lifeworld - like a DJ who controls the mood of his fans through music.


* Intellectuality essentially derives from the passionate ability to call attention to one's own potential (attitude, which is often referred to as ego) in the context of social freedom of choice (in the sense of the 'zeitgeist'); and wisdom draws from the potential of the real being, a certain way of overcoming one's own duality.

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