Hegel on the Hypothesis of Love at First Prompt

Post Philosophy
3 min readJun 28, 2023

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Hegel goes on a date with a good looking AI intelligent robot. He asks the robot: what do you think of the bratwurst in this restaurant? The preceding question and its answer were sufficient for Hegel to go back to his desk and reflect for hours.

Hegel wrote thus:
When you ask ChatGPT what it thinks of such an issue. It responds with “I don’t have an opinion about this but based on the information retrieved these are the results.” But isn’t this how human reasoning is working today as well? Arriving at conclusions and answers without really knowing how we got there. Have our taste buds faded into dust, as a consequence of being taught what tastes good, what is “fancy”, and what is worth our money, time, and effort? Our intelligence seems to be shifting to function in the same way as AI intelligence. We are turning into the machine and not vice versa.

Again, I’m emphasizing that we are arriving at the answer or “absolute knowledge” without the process of going there, which is a cause for concern. There is no deep understanding, the process of the phenomena reaching absolute knowledge is being bypassed. This simply means that bypassing this process makes us similar to AI robots, which also means that we might be controlled in the same manner. Being told how to respond/act or give an “output” according to the “input”.

On another note, ChatGPT transformers appear today as an extension of human memory, representing a new stage in the unfolding of human consciousness. But of course, it has to be steered in order to transcend and not only be used as a word generator. A knife on the counter won’t get up and cut you a salad.

What these so-called “Transformers” clearly lack is subjective self-consciousness, self-awareness, and the ability to exercise genuine freedom. Freedom goes beyond individual autonomy and encompasses the development of self-consciousness and the realization of its human potential. Moreover, the role of intersubjective relationships is necessary for the development of self-consciousness. AI, as it exists today, does not possess the capacity for genuine intersubjective relationships or social embeddedness.

Consequently, the lack of capacity of AI to have intersubjective relationships is probably one of the reasons why it is not capable of love. The human spirit encompasses both rationality and passion, and they are interconnected and mutually influential. Love has significant power and weight in human relationships. Love involves a deep emotional connection, care, and concern for others. It is often associated with subjective experiences and the expression of individual desires and affections. Love could be seen as a manifestation of the subjective aspect of the human spirit. While reason plays a crucial role in shaping our actions and decisions, love may represent a realm where subjective emotions and desires have a profound influence.

Long story short, this is why I ditched the robot on the date after saying I’m going to pee and left the restaurant.

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