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UBC CS TR-88-07 Summary

The Technological Change of Reality Opportunities and Dangers, March 1988 Wolfgang Bibel

This essay discusses the trade-off between the opportunities and the dangers involved in technological change mainly from the perspective of Artificial Intelligence technology. In order to lay the foundation for the discussion, the symptoms of general unease which are associated with current technological progress, the concept of reality, and the field of Artificial Intelligence are very briefly discussed. In the main body of the essay, the dangers are contrasted with the potential benefits of such high technology. Besides discussing more well known negative and positive aspects we elaborate on the disadvantages of executive systems and the advantages of legislative systems. It is argued that only the latter might enable the re-establishment of the feedback-mechanism which proved so successful in earlier phases of evolution.


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