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Sócrates vs ChatGPT

Restoring dialogue to save democracy

Del Amo, M. (s.f.) Sócrates vs ChatGPT: Restoring dialogue to save democracy. Retina Tendencias.

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In an increasingly digitized world, where human interactions are reduced by the influence of technology, concerns arise about the effects this may have on our ability to relate and reason. A recent study reveals that conversations with machines can generate emotional, relational, and psychological outcomes similar to those obtained when conversing with other human beings. This conclusion raises the need to reflect on authenticity, deception, and trust in our interactions with artificial intelligence. Furthermore, it has been observed how the lack of caution in the development of AI has led to the creation of technologies that fuel misinformation and polarization, endangering the pillars of democracy. In this context, the question arises: how can we recover dialogue and rebuild our battered societies?

The emotional and psychological impact of interactions with AI

Conversations with machines can generate emotional and psychological responses similar to those obtained when interacting with human beings. This raises the importance of considering how our interactions with artificial intelligence affect our way of relating and perceiving life.

The influence of technology on polarization and echo chambers

Political polarization and echo chambers have been exacerbated in recent years, and technology has contributed to reinforcing these dynamics. The lack of caution in the field of AI has allowed platforms like Facebook to become sources of misinformation and polarization, thus undermining democracy and mutual understanding.

The challenges of technology for person-machine and person-person relationships

The indiscriminate use of large language models and AI raises concerns about their impact at an individual and social level. There is a risk of relying too much on machine knowledge and becoming irrelevant to others. Furthermore, the person-machine relationship can hinder dialogue and empathy with other human beings, thereby weakening social cohesion.

Reclaiming Socratic dialogue and rebuilding our societies

In this context, it becomes necessary to rescue philosophy and, in particular, Socratic dialogue. The Socratic vision reminds us that each human being has a partial view of reality and truth, making it essential to listen to all voices and avoid ignoring those who feel excluded from the dialogue.

Technology, represented by large language models and artificial intelligence, poses significant challenges to our ability to relate and reason. Interactions with machines can have an emotional and psychological impact similar to that experienced when relating to other human beings. There is a growing concern that the lack of caution in the use of AI and technology may undermine democracy and foster misinformation and polarization. To counteract these effects, it is crucial to reclaim philosophy and, in particular, Socratic dialogue. This form of interaction will help us rebuild our damaged societies and foster mutual understanding. We must remember the importance of listening to all voices and avoid ignoring those who feel excluded from the dialogue. Only through authentic dialogue and respect for the diversity of perspectives can we safeguard democracy and strengthen our societies.

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