Dialogue and Technology: Art and Knowledge by Bo Göranzon, Magnus Florin

By Bo Göranzon, Magnus Florin

This booklet springs from a convention held in Stockholm in may well­ June 1988 on tradition, Language and synthetic Intelligence. It assembled greater than three hundred researchers and practitioners within the fields of expertise, philosophy, historical past of rules, literature, linguistics, social· technological know-how, and so on. The convention was once an initiative from the Swedish middle for operating lifestyles, in accordance with the undertaking AI-Based structures mzd the way forward for Language, wisdom and Re­ sponsibility in Professions in the expense thirteen programme of the ecu fee. members within the convention, or often times researchers in components on the topic of its goals, have been selected to give a contribution to this e-book. It was once preceded by means of wisdom, ability and synthetic Intelligence (ed. B. Gbranzon and that i. Josefson, Springer-Verlag, London, 1988) and synthetic Intelligence, tradition and Language (ed. B. Gbranzon and M. Florin, Springer-Verlag, 1990). The latter e-book springs, as this one, from the 1988 convention, and one additional e-book will stick to: ability and schooling: mirrored image and event (Springer­ Verlag, deliberate autumn 1991). The philosophical and aesthetic curiosity of the contributions within the current quantity is largely as a result framework of the discussion Seminar, held usually on the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, during which numerous of the individuals have participated.

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In ordinary usage, dialogue means approximately the same as "conversation", "talk" or "discussion". When we deliberately choose to use the word "dialogue" it is, however, to signify that we are hunting for a certain quality 28 Dialogue and Technology: Art and Knowledge to be found in some, but certainly not all, conversations. Any conversation could be just an exchange of empty words. Dialogue could also mean a written work in conversational form. There are a number of famous philosophical as well as dramatic works that have the form of dialogues.

Why was there this desire for an eternal language of permanent, universal meanings? The dream of an exact language, which goes back to Plato, was at its most powerful in seventeenth-century Europe, during the time of religious warfare and the need for religious toleration. A renewed dialogue was needed among theologians with contrasting views. Leibniz et al. believed there had to be a universal language to serve as an instrument of reason. The period from the Renaissance to the present time has also been one of great uncertainty in the religious, cosmological and social spheres hence a further appeal for rationality in science and language.

Dialogue" as a concept is certainly not new. Nor is it particularly related to modern electronic means of communication and exchange of information. On the contrary, dialogue as a means of clarifying issues within a community of human beings, and as a basic component of their reality, has been the subject of pictorial as well as dramatic and literary works since antiquity, the most famous example perhaps being Plato's Socratic dialogues. e. attempts to elaborate on the phenomenon of dialogue itself as a basic component of human life and reality, something essential to human existence - belongs mainly to our own.

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