Why Studying Humanities and Arts Is Key To Developing Artificial Intelligence

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“The evolution of technology is, like the evolution of literature, heavily path-dependent. Culture plays a far more important role in the acceptance, adoption, and spread of technology than many of us are willing to acknowledge.”

Ken Liu, science-fiction and fantasy writer 

 

Humanities degrees are needed in technology. They give context to the world we operate in day to day. Critical thinking skills, deeper understanding of the world around us, philosophy, ethics, communication, and creativity offer different approaches to problems posed by technology. Studying liberal arts and humanities are largely ‘unstructured’ subjects, there is typically no right and wrong. Whereas science and mathematics based subjects are ‘structured’ with right and wrong answers to problems.   

The liberal arts and humanities are often quaffed at, rather unfairly. Often to the dismay of some parents, a late teen embarks on an Arts Degree to the cries of ‘What will you do with that?’, ‘oh, so you’ll be a teacher then?’, ‘that’s a ‘mickey-mouse’ degree’, ‘do a proper degree’, and so on and so forth. But that really isn’t the case. There are so many applications of humanities subjects to the wider world, including within tech – and you can bet that it’s only going to continue …

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