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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 48, 2008

Philosophy of Technology

Emanuel Gruengard
Pages 33-41

The Route from the Tree of Knowledge to the Tree of Life

The computer is more then a mere machine. Starting with questions of Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network we proceeded to Artificial Life. This new science raises fear and doubts which are similar to other historical intolerances and fears, mainly concerned with the progression of science and technology that littered our history. Yet Artificial Life is different as it addresses directly the fate of our race. Some consider it as its salvation, while others see it as its annihilator. The promises could be great but so are the risks. Following a historical route of promises and fears we would like to analyze the place of Artificial Life in our life.

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