From STEM to STEAM: A journey to finding the soul stone of STEM, and avoiding the rise of soulless machines.

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“Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains… Nowhere can a man find a retreat more peaceful or more free from trouble than his own soul.”

— Marcus Aurelius

Yet the question remains: is STEM the correct answer to the 4th industrial revolution?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR or Industry 4.0) is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) are integrated for increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, and production of smart machines that can analyze and diagnose issues without the need for human intervention.

1. Terminator 2 and the story of machines with no soul.

The movie Terminator 2 is the best one, for me, when it comes to the trilogy.

What is the danger of such a trend, and why should we care?

The answer is in one word: Soul!

In French, the soul translation is “âme.”

2. Let’s bring some STEAM in STEM.

In movies, we often represent the soul as steam leaving the body when the person dies.

What can we do concretely?

We need to move from STEM to STEAM in all aspects of our lives.

  1. Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  2. Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

The Genesis rule of Robotics: A robot must operate in an inclusive environment with all humanity, and it is up to humans to code it into its BIOS (Basic Input Output System).

Only by including art into the system can we hope to achieve a world where we are not the slaves of our own creation.

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