Episode Seven – We Welcome Our Machine Overlords … Don’t We?

You’re invited to the Beyond Literacy dinner party. Join Cory, Bob, Siri, and the Borg over drinks and good conversation. Hanging out with our machine overlords has never been so much fun (or insightful).

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If you are interested in more about this topic, check out the chapter on the Beyond Literacy e-book.


2 thoughts on “Episode Seven – We Welcome Our Machine Overlords … Don’t We?

  1. Amazing podcast guys. I loved the concept. It was really interesting to listen to!

    It made me think of this movie I heard about recently. I haven’t seen it, but it’s called “Her” (2013 – Spike Jonze) starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who develops a deep relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

    Essentially, Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Siri (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) – computers and devices are ruling our lives, we can’t live without them, to the point where we fall in love with them. I’m actually really intrigued by this film. It looks very relevant but also quite sad. What the outcome? I can’t imagine its happy.

    1. Interesting movie suggestion.

      I can only see issues with falling in love with technology/a robot/an android. Human die, do these technologies “die” in the same way? Do they feel emotions the way humans do, or are they just programmed to act in a way that a human would act who’s feeling whatever emotion? Emotions are chemical related reactions in our brains, combined with dealings of the heart. Robots/androids don’t have brains, therefore lack the ability for these chemical reactions to occur; and they surely do not have hearts. I worry about what the post-literate future holds in terms of emotional interactions and human-type relationships. But maybe these won’t even be important or relevant… maybe humans won’t even exist at all.

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