Meet the Loved One

Philai: name of the anthrobotic philosophical entity (not a robot, not a chatbot, not an android but a sociotechnical collective of epistemic care) imagined by philosopher Dr Luis de Miranda. The project is the result of the meeting between his Philosophical Health International network and applied research in Anthrobotics. Philai will be actualised in partnership with computer scientist Prof Alessandro Saffiotti and, among others, by the CREA team at Örebro University.

The name Philai comes simply from Philosophy and AIPhilai also means loved one in Ancient Greek. Last but not least, PHILAI is the acronym of Philosophising with Humans In the Light of Artificial Intelligence. Luis de Miranda, an academic researcher, also offers individual philosophical counseling at the Philosophical Parlour (Stockholm) in partnership with Livslinjen psychotherapy institute, which he founded in February 2018.

My conviction is that philosophical health can be in the 21st century what psychological health and physical health were in the 20th century. At the beginning of the century, it is a luxury for the happy few. By the end of the century, it might be a necessity for all. Especially given the pathologies of free will that might increase with the self-inflicted AI-determinism at societal scale. However, AI might also help us if it is used properly – philosophically and healthily.”

Luis de Miranda in a talk at the Paris headquarters of Unesco in October 2019.

CREA (Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation), led by Luis de Miranda and Alessandro Saffiotti, projects to develop an anthrobotic extension of the practice of philosophical counseling, a creative dialectic aimed at helping individuals maintain an existence of meaningful joy and philosophical well-being in a new era of technological determinism. In our world of hyper-prediction, the idea of individual freedom is in crisis. Philosophical counseling helps people reflect about their own destiny, values, beliefs and existential choices.

Philai will also help people voice their fears, ideas and hopes regarding artificial intelligence. The project will also help the scientific community to reflect on the nature of a healthy anthrobotic balance, within a model where AI does not systematically replace humans but rather supports the creation of new possibles.

More about Luis de Miranda’s practice of philosophical counseling by clicking the black quote-box below.

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