Human Dignity, By Francis Fukuyama

858 Words Oct 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Fuller Buckminster once said “Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” Due to the inventions in computers and the internet, people have lost the ability to interact with one another face-to-face. In the article, “Authenticating,” Brain Christian emphasizes on how advancement in code programming has created a chat stimulated program called “Chatbots” which mimics human behavior. However, one’s attachment to these robotic humans have taken away the opportunity one has in order to have a real life conversation. Similarly, Francis Fukuyama in his article “Human Dignity,” mentions how he is concerned with what it means to be a human. He talks about Factor X which are inner traits such an emotions, and thoughts that distinguishes one person from another. Even though, technology is essential in everyday life, the misuse of it, such as constantly engaging in a conversation with a chatbot, can lead to abandoning the Factor X of humanity.
To begin with, online website that allows an individual to communicate with a computer automated chat such as chatbots diminishes the Factor X in human beings. Factor X is referred to as stripping away “ a person’s contingent and accidental characteristics, [in which] remains some essential human quality underneath that is worthy of a certain minimal level of respect” (Fukuyama 186). Factor X has everything connected together as whole rather than separate little pieces. Destabilizing the Factor X of humanity is like…
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