We talked this morning . . .
We started an interesting conversation this morning about how to tame digitalisation, so that computers could be put to use for humans rather than the other way around. That might seem obvious, but I often think that people find themselves in projective identification with their computers: they find it hard to believe that a computer is only a machine.
And you commented on how computers become members of the family.
That made me think about pets, and their position in the family - and how a computer mimics the reliable attentiveness of a loving dog. For example, when you open this Community Site, it says 'Welcome back' to you - rather like a loyal dog that can be relied upon to wait by the door and greet you lovingly as you walk in.
And for some people, of course, their digital devices can feel like the idealised devoted mother of an infant, always there to provide attention and entertainment.
How do we distinguish that attentiveness - which is merely mechanical - from the attention contributed by real people, when they post articles and comments? Words are words, after all - and computers can generate them automatically.
And I have found myself having serious arguments with people who claim that computers can be said to have consciousness: after all, they have cameras, so they can see.
This makes it all the more important that this Site should offer regular Zoom room meetings where real people can talk to one another via the screen.
We look forward to creating a programme of Zoom meetings - for APPCIOS members at first, but eventually for all regular visitors to the Site.
I hope that real people out there, reading this, will contact us and offer to host some groups.