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Islamic philosophy, Prophetic Intelligence, and the AI agenda

Bakar, Osman (2023) Islamic philosophy, Prophetic Intelligence, and the AI agenda. In: The Muslim 500: the world's 500 most influential Muslims. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, pp. 197-201. ISBN 978-9957-635-69-5

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In my article titled ‘The Clash of Artificial and Natural Intelligences: Will It Impoverish Wisdom?’, which appeared in the 2023 issue of The Muslim 500 1, I made the following concluding statement: “…it is imperative to pursue an AI agenda that would not be in destructive conflict with NI. Not only that, contemporary man needs to be reminded of the intelligence that defines his humanness and the role of the prophetic intelligence as the model to be emulated.” The present article is pursuing this same theme of clash of the two intelligences that we now come to realize as unprecedented in the history of human civilization, both in terms of its nature and its scope. But this time the discussion is further explaining the meanings of the two imperatives mentioned in the quote and their implications for contemporary human civilization. Let me now rephrase the first imperative in the form of a fully loaded question: how can we pursue an AI agenda that to all intents and purposes would serve humanity by delivering societal and civilizational goods and countering social ills in innovative ways that would at least minimize destructive consequences on the present humanity and its civilization, if not altogether eliminate them? And let me also rephrase the second imperative in the form of a no less loaded question: how can we persuade and impress upon present humanity to listen to and appreciate the precious message embodied in the traditional idea of prophetic intelligence and draw the necessary conclusions from it? This article attempts to put forward several important ideas that may help us formulate some key answers to these two questions.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
BPC Science and Technology in Islam
Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q128 Islam and Science
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Depositing User: Prof Dr Osman Bakar
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 16:00
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/107652

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