The Big AI Debate: Will Robots Learn To Meditate? Or More Importantly Will Humans?
We live in interesting times, with technologists and industrialists daily singing the praises of the forthcoming ‘age of artificial intelligence’, or AI as it’s commonly known.
With so much focus on the economic and industrial benefits of AI and machine learning, it’s interesting to note that the Bengali writer Basab Dasgupta states this week that he does not believe that robots will be able to meditate anytime soon.
“Rene Descartes had declared in his famous “Cogito Ergo Sum” that, “I think therefore I am”. In the present age of advancements in artificial intelligence and emphasis on letting robots take control of all the useful functions on earth, perhaps the ability to think or at least form functional logic is not adequate to establish one’s existence,” writes Dasgupta.
“I propose that we modify the statement and replace the word “think” by “meditate”…. Even if one does not believe in God just the regular utterance of a set of meaningful sentences addressed to some unknown person or even to oneself can have a calming effect and generate a positive feeling.
“Meditation is achieving a certain state of mind [and] achieving this state of mind is in fact a key to being creative.”
This is the key sentence folks. In a lot of ways, particularly nowadays with the proliferation of technology and 24/7 communication culture we live in, we can almost become like robots, and it’s not such an absurd analogy that for some of us, the ability to switch into a meditative state can seem as alien as it would be for a robot to also do so.
Exploring meditation is like exploring a totally different aspect of yourself. You can’t ‘think’ that you know what meditation is as you must do it, and when you do so you build bridges between different aspects of your mind, your consciousness or practically the left and right sides of your brain which begin to fuse together your conceptual mind with your creative, sensory aspect, which often resides in the subconscious!
Over time these bridges become firm fixtures, so the distinction of either being in your normal conceptual mind as opposed to your meditative creative mind starts to lessen. You start to hear the creative inner wisdom just as part of your daily life – you don’t have to stop, sit in uncomfortable cross legged positions to do it, it becomes part of you now! Easily accessible.
So don’t be a robot, and start your journey to a fuller human experience today. I teach exquisite meditations in person, and also online. Technology does serve some purposes after all!
Original Article Via The Statesman
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