Why Can't AI Understand Images as Man Does?

Authors

  • Aurel Teodor Codoban Professor PhD, University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Cristian University Bucarest, and Philosophy Doctoral School at “Babes-Bolyai” University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/po/11.4/228

Keywords:

AI, image, analogy, understand, knowledge, Other, Ego

Abstract

AI can identify images, but cannot understand them as man does. The problem of understanding the iconic signs is the analogy, which cannot be clearly operationalized. Nothing guarantees signification by analogy, because it is neither the necessary effect of a cause, as in the indicative signs, nor the obligatory consequence of a rule, as of symbols (words). But the analogy is also fundamental to the human condition because our Ego implies the presence of Other. Or, just as the images, the understanding of Other implies the analogy: he is a self like me, but another self than myself, that is, an analogous self. That is, you can understand the behavior of the other's activities and actions, even what he communicates as messages because you interpret them as if it were about yourself. Different from the human being who is an existent, in AI the essence precedes existence. Even if the algorithms of the analogy process will be infinitely perfected, that analogy will miss the interpretation that comes from the life of the existing one. AI knows digital, man understands analog; AI understands from knowledge, man knows from understanding.

Author Biography

Aurel Teodor Codoban, Professor PhD, University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Cristian University Bucarest, and Philosophy Doctoral School at “Babes-Bolyai” University

Aurel Codoban is Professor at University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Cristian University Bucarest, and Philosophy Doctoral School at “Babes-Bolyai” University. His work encompasses Semiotics and Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Religion and Communication science studies.

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Published

2020-12-18

How to Cite

Codoban, A. T. . (2020). Why Can’t AI Understand Images as Man Does?. Postmodern Openings, 11(4), 174-182. https://doi.org/10.18662/po/11.4/228

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Theoretical articles