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The questions that interest us are the simplest and most important: What basically changes with the emergence of new technologies? In general, there are three main positions on the way we approach and respond to the impact of digital technology: the first is fantasy; the second is fantasy; the second is fantasy. Second, ideology; third, criticism. We propose a fourth position, more or less the verse

The fantasmatic position corresponds to the techno-prophets: it is based on an absolute faith in the capabilities of technoscience to transform life on earth, which promises the advent of a post-human world  in which man would definitely get rid of weaknesses and misfortunes. of their biological condition thanks to the miracles of an artificial “superintelligence”. This techno-utopian stance has no real empirical basis (experts agree that artificial “intelligence” is a contradictory term, since algorithms are still quite “stupid”) and tells us more about the qualities of Western culture6 (and, in particular, on the way in which technique has been considered, for centuries, as the absolute embodiment of Reason and as the definitive meaning of Progress) than on what is at stake in technology. Nevertheless, it plays an important role in our cultural imagination: it has inspired most of the great science fiction stories, but also the entire marketing strategy of Silicon Valley, a kind of watered-down (and pragmatic) translation of these great technological delusions. philosophical: the idea that technology “will change the world”.

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Text of Daniel Alvarado
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