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You ask what it would take to make a machine "human". Yanis Varoufakis asks what it would take to make a human a machine: The Trouble with Humans: Why is labour special and especially targeted at a time of crisis- Part A
To investigate this peculiarity a little more deeply, suppose that a worker's limbs, eyes and ears are surgically replaced sequentially by bionic devices that enhance her sight, hearing and dexterity. At which stage will she have become a machine? Would such interventions into human bodies bring about the Matrix Economy if extended to the whole population? The answer is negative as long as the mental processes remain human; that is, quirky, unpredictable, capable of creativity that transcends algorithmic `thinking', and constantly threatening to subvert the laws which supposedly govern them. So, which part of us needs to be replaced before our labour ceases to be free and some mathematical function can be declared capable of mapping from inputs (into our persons) to our work's output? The answer is: the core of our free spirit, wherever that may be located.
See also: Part B.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 26th, 2011 at 10:27:55 AM EST
i can't recommend this Varoufakis post enough, some of the best writing i've read for a while, presented very readably.


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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 05:58:50 AM EST
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Part B appears more relevant to the machine-human discussion. Have to admit I have not finished it.

Part A for me reads like on overlong way of demonstrating that when we say value we mean value to humans, which in turns makes labor special, as it is humans. Maybe the long way around is needed for deprogramming some.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 05:14:59 PM EST
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