17 October 2013

Human Talents


Desk Set is the 1957 Hepburn/Tracy movie grappling with a computer, work, and human relations, especially theirs; its a modern much ado about nothing with a mainframe. Will computers throw people out of work? What kind of progress would that be? SweetWilliamNow asks, Will computers be people? Here’s my human talent list, with opinion, which are not tested for and not measured or quantified by market culture. Market culture implicitly says intangibles, in alphabetical order, dont have market value.

Civic Mindedness ~ A computer will not discern a candidate to vote for.
Compassion ~ A mainframe will not donate blood.
Courage ~ A processor does not embody spirit that enables a human to face fear, danger, bodily harm with self-possession, confidence and resolution.
Creativity ~ A laptop does not glean inspiration from it’s pre-programmed logical boundaries.
Critical Thinking ~ A “cpu” will not act to prevent a child from plucking poison ivy.
Curiosity ~ A workstation mimics inquisitiveness; it’s not eager, embody desire, to learn more.
Empathy ~ A robot will not worry while it cuts with scalpel or laser.
Endurance ~ A automaton cannot embody spirit that wills perseverance and survival.
Enthusiasm ~ A calculator will not naturally cry out, “touchdown,” “scoooooooorrrrrrrre,” “huzzah,” “amen,” “I wish you well,” or “We will!”
Humility ~ A mechanical device will never say, “No, please, after you,” while opening the door, looking you in your eye, smiling, extending his hand, and bowing down his head.
Humor ~ A hand-held device will never trust and compose a new joke just for you and about you, lovingly skewering your personal pomposity.
Leadership ~ A chip does not walk with you and do any of the above with you or for you.
Motivation ~ A microprocessor does not inspire incentive for human action.
Persistence ~ A machine will not animate the continuance of a person’s effect after the stimulus has diminished.
Question Asking ~ A closed path capable of being followed by an electrical current does not question.
Reliability ~ A circuit will never say to you, “I’m sorry I disappointed. May I please try again?”
Resilience ~ Quantitative analytics will always express the rigidity of their own logical systems; there is no elasticity in a closed logical system.
Resourcefulness ~ Open systems always allow for scrounging and searching for imagined possibilities and discovery.
Self Awareness ~ Closed quantitative logical systems never can step outside it’s system to sense it’s inaptitude.
Sense of Beauty ~ A computer does not sense or feel; only human beings sense and hear and feel and taste and see. A machine never feels existential being. A chip never experiences humility in the face of that which facilitates happiness and delight from harmony, color, form and shape, craftsmanship, truthfulness, originality, or natural grandeur.
Sense of Wonder ~ A gear will not gaze, admire, marvel, or sense or feel awe.
Spontaneity ~ A supercomputer will never shout, “I Am!” while existing and living and moving and experiencing their being as person experiences their great I AM.