So Many Questions, We Have Stopped Asking New Ones. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD)

So many questions, we have stopped asking new ones. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD)




Machines will have answers. What humans are good at are questions. Kevin Kelly.




Through the years interacting in conferences with other fellow scientists, as well as in social media throughout blogs and discussion groups at LinkedIn, I often have felt that in a short period of time, any subject proposed for discussion ends up focusing on the same questions followed by the same answers, over and over again.

That is a social pattern which can be found in many fields, from politics to religion, from climate to the meaning of love and sex.

In previous posts I have written about the role of perception as a driver creating a bias in all the fields which sustain our understanding of the world and every one of its parts. From scientific thought and data analyses to policies and governments. I have also shared my point of view over AI and its fears.

I have also been very critic with the posture over climatic developments taking variations of Temperature as the major and more relevant issue in any climatic assessment. I don´t see it that way. If you see temperature dropping when it should not, be aware that something is falling elsewhere (water or a tree). This energy does not disappear.

Recently I have been aware of a publication from Kevin Kelly on AI with a phrase which resume a situation which I have considered part of the situation on the scientific debate about “how can it move forward”.

Machines will have answers. What humans are good at are questions. Kevin Kelly.

My problem with the approach suggested by Kevin is that I have my doubts over the capacity for the humans to see beyond their our sense of accomplishment from developing technology and gathering huge amounts of data.

In 240 B.C., the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes made the first good measurement of the size of Earth with a “stick” and a “shovel.”

That will not happen today. Without a satellite, an algorithm and a renowned institution backing your thoughts, ideas and discoveries are buried in technology and complexity.

One day somebody might realise that there is never going to be enough data, so producing data will be the new form of scientific consumerism focused on creating technologies, data and complex calculations pricing those achievements as the pinnacle of science, leaving behind the task of finding answers as a secondary goal. And the answer will be 42.

We will end up realising that we have enough data (more than we can digest) but we lack patterns of thought.



About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

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