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Love, Emotion and the Singularity

Independent Researcher, San Jose, CA 95136, USA
Information 2018, 9(9), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9090221
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 31 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue AI AND THE SINGULARITY: A FALLACY OR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY?)
Proponents of the singularity hypothesis have argued that there will come a point at which machines will overtake us not only in intelligence but that machines will also have emotional capabilities. However, human cognition is not something that takes place only in the brain; one cannot conceive of human cognition without embodiment. This essay considers the emotional nature of cognition by exploring the most human of emotions—romantic love. By examining the idea of love from an evolutionary and a physiological perspective, the author suggests that in order to account for the full range of human cognition, one must also account for the emotional aspects of cognition. The paper concludes that if there is to be a singularity that transcends human cognition, it must be embodied. As such, the singularity could not be completely non-organic; it must take place in the form of a cyborg, wedding the digital to the biological. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognition; cyborg; embodiment; emotion; evolution; love; singularity cognition; cyborg; embodiment; emotion; evolution; love; singularity
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Lunceford, B. Love, Emotion and the Singularity. Information 2018, 9, 221.

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