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Cissé Kane (not verified) March 20, 2016

Thank you Jovan. Congratulations for the exercise which is "original". This is a very interesting perspective. It reminds me the parallelism between existing laws and new laws taking into account the e-evolution (human rights and legal basket of our courses). When I read your text I have the feeling that, human being is from time to time reinventing the wheel. Solutions are somewhere. Forgotten, neglected, not a la mode. The basics (idea, sayings) are the same since Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Mohammad, Hobbes, Freud, etc. Therefore, contextualise new internet challenges with the help of human history, literature, philosophy, religion, is enriching and can be more profitable to us than we could expect. One could try to solve the recent Apple vs FBI case by revisiting les fables de la Fontaine ? May be humanity will be in need to come back to encyclopaedia concept ?

Jovan Kurbalija March 20, 2016

Cisse, a good idea for Les Fables de la Fontaine. Anyone in particular? On old vs. new dynamics, the closest parallel is fashion. Fashion changes in cycles. My daughter (15 years old) wears clothes that was fashionable 30 years ago. But, there is always some small change which does not make it identical to 'old fashion'. The same applies to philosophy. There is 'nothing new under the sun' (love, hate, power, altruism,...), but there is always some new twist or perspective. While we should avoid the view that everything starts with us, we should also look for unique perspective of our time. In this interplay between old and new, we are likely to identify some useful insights and, in more optimistic scenario, some possible solutions for challenges of our time.

Motazz Beloua (not verified) March 28, 2016

Very innovative way to rethink what you call yourself (So in a way you confess it) our DIGITAL ERA. It highlighted a very basic truth about internet, computing sciences generally. Machines have limits. The binary nature of internet has limits, as well as servers, computers, AI, any chain that containing any « binary » ring makes the whole chain abides the limit algorithmic. That’s a debate that recently has been raised (again) by famous personalities. After Hawkings, it is the turn of Bill Gates to raise big concerns about AI, considering it a possible global threat to mankind if not policy and regulations don’t intervene in near future. I was inspired myself with a local thinker of Geneva, J-J- Rousseau. We must be very cautious about « delegating » human tasks to machines, having cost efficiency as pretext. We have to remember constantly that ICT is basically dividing any complex procedure for us humans in very few logical relations e. g. True, False, If, And, Or. Moreover, contrary to men, codes and AI can’t bypass Touring’s problem, which states code can not write for itself a part of code. In common language, this means machines can’t learn by it selves. We assume this has no impact on bots managing credit requests, university admissions or online job applications process, but it could be misleading. Rousseau believed that human will, the possibility to « decide » and take a choice. And all of that, code can’t « process ». System fail!

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