Civilization. Machines. Specialists. Part Six – Human Being

The question “what is a human being” is immensely vast; looking into its philosophical aspect is another boundless topic for discussion, we do not attempt to give it a complete consideration; it is sufficient to represent it as a multitude of its attributes and oppositions. In this topic it comes in opposition to machines and machine origin. The human against the machine. At the same time we have to abandon any pretensions to create a clear picture; this issue has been mulled over for thousands of years, though the progress is very slow. Yes, there are some landmarks, but no clarity. There is no way of moving forward without trial and error. But certain landmarks are present and we can add some more.

Theoretically, human being is the highest value, and respectively it is the purpose and goal. And because it is the highest one, the purpose and goal emerge from human being as the only source. Human is the generator of the ultimate things, including all the ultimate purposes and goals. The ultimate things can be imagined not as something particular, because this would be disputable, but as a direction to something ultimate. Human being is a direction to the ultimate. And in order for a man to move towards the ultimate, he/she has to be freed from the base things. And the base thing is routine, dirty, mechanical work.

You are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a… canvas into a beautiful masterpiece? – And you, (human), can you do that? (c) I, Robot