Philosophical perspectives

The machine represents the paradoxes of our very existence as thinking, rational, civilized beings capable of expression. On the one hand, it is a sign of determinism, of the sheer predictability of mechanism, including the mechanism of the models we employ to describe our world and selves that we have grown from empirical evidence. On the other hand it is an expression of our inventiveness and freedom. — David Porush, The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction

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