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v]program is a set of instructions that a designer gives to computational systems
l|with the intention of coordinating that system ’ s internal and external interfaces in....................
relation to itself, to compatible systems, and to Users . An interfacial image of that
ttgCAROLINE JONES: I’d like to reorganize the discussion to his last point, which was about faith, and ask if you are contesting Wiener’s metaphor that John kept throwing at us about kissing the hand that holds the whip. Just what are you articulating here, that we should have faith in the self-organizing benignity of AI?
G. DYSON: No. Lack of proof is not proof of lack of existence. Just because people are saying, "Oh, we don’t think there’s real AI because we don’t have proof of it," my faith is different. I’m quite willing to believe in it without needing proof.
JONES: So, you’re advocating faith without worship.
G. DYSON: Yes. I’m just as suspicious as Norbert Wiener. In fact, I’m more suspicious than Norbert Wiener. What he was talking about was if you hand this over to the corporations, you’re in trouble.
Wiener was very preoccupied with control and control systems. Now, we talk much more about intelligence. We talk less about control. Control is just as important, and there again is my faith that these large analog control systems are—that works both ways because they’re not programmed. There is no program for an analog control system in the sense that you can change a bit here and get a different outcome. That’s the way the world works, and that's why we’re fooling ourselves by thinking that there is somewhere a program that has control.
program, usually the graphical user interface (GUI), summarizes, reduces, and makes
those instructions significant for Users . And clearly today, these two kinds of programs
intermingle. In many respects, what society used to ask of architecture — the program