The question of "Mind-sets" and AI: Cultural origins and limits of the current AI Ethical AIs and Cultural Pluralism


  • Badrudin Amershi



The current process of scientific and technological development is the outcome of the epochal Cultural Revolution in the West: i.e. the emergence of the Age of Enlightenment and its pursuit of "rationality". Today, "rationality" combined with "logic" has mutated into a "strong belief" in the power of rationality and "computational processes" as a 'safer' and only way to acquire knowledge. This is the main driving force behind the emergence of AI. At the core of this mind-set is the fundamental duality of the observer and the observed. After the imperial expansion of Western Europe – in alliance with religion, its previous foe (“Christianity”) – this world-view became the globally dominant mind-set. The paper explores the dominant narrative of rationality and reason of Western science, and seeks an alternative world of cultural diversity.


Western mind-set, enlightenment, duality, knowledge, reason and rationality, computation, ethical machines, cultural diversity


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How to Cite

Amershi, B. (2023). The question of "Mind-sets" and AI: Cultural origins and limits of the current AI Ethical AIs and Cultural Pluralism. Artificial Intelligence Advances, 4(2).





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