My goal for this final project is to expand my interest of science to this class. I want to delve deeper into Lyotard’s essay. Lyotard mentions that philosophers are wasting their time discussing answerless questions (if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound), where philosophers should be focusing on the advancement and continuation of human thought. As of now we have some ideas in artificial intelligence, but we are very far away form creating a continuation of human thought after our sun’s nova. I want to discuss where we are at with AI (i.e. robots, sensors implanted in brains that can give direction to a robot arm), the forces that we will need to overcome (i.e. how powerful the nova will be etc) and what kinds of super materials are known now (various carbon cables, metal alloys etc.).
A counter argument could be that looking for a way to advance and or continue human thought is hogwash because we will never be able to pursue it. Or, these answerless questions are baby steps in the learning how to think at such a level where this idea of continuation could be plausible. Also, with the invention radio and television, we have been broadcasting our thoughts and ideas throughout the universe, so we already have the technology to continue human thought, even though itself (radio/tv waves) will never evolve or anything.