Water, grass and humanity: the cognitive limits of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence: Barco Hospital is a floating clinical hospital that moves along the Purus River in the Amazon, managed by the Spanish doctor Antonia López González
The Barco Hospital is a floating clinical hospital that moves along the Purus River in the Amazon, managed by the Spanish doctor Antonia López González

The Purus river originates from the Andean glaciers of Peru and carries its water up to the Amazon River after more than three thousand two hundred kilometers.

There are communities who live along this river, several miles from its banks to avoid flooding, in the midst of enormous flat areas on which rain pours continuously for many months of the year.

There are groups of 10, 50, 100 people and even more who are surprised when they go to the city and see that you can move from one country to another without sailing on the river.

Along the Purus, somewhere on its Brazilian banks, far from anything that could be called a "road" or "town", the Barco Hospital, a floating clinical hospital, is anchored.

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Artificial Intelligence: the Purus is an imposing river in South America, which flows for 3.211 kilometers towards the north-east to finally flow into the Amazon River
The Purus is an imposing river in South America, which flows for 3.211 kilometers towards the north-east to finally flow into the Amazon River

A hospital in the Amazon reminds us of who we are

On board lives Antonia López González, a Spanish doctor specializing in tropical diseases, who for over thirty years has provided healthcare to the rural populations who live along a stretch of the river several days away from the regional capital, Manaus.

She is not a missionary nor a volunteer driven by any devotion towards the indigenous people. She is a doctor and scientist, author of fundamental books in her field, listened to at conferences around the world by other specialists as well as by FAO and other international organizations.

These days in Italy, he talks about another world, a world that escapes our information habits and which can be summarized well in the title of his latest book: “What we don't know exists.”

Like Purus, Barco Hospital and her name.

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Artificial Intelligence: Antonia López González is the Spanish doctor specializing in tropical diseases who treats the natives of the Amazon across the long course of the Purus river
Antonia López González is the Spanish doctor specializing in tropical diseases who treats the natives of the Amazon along the long course of the Purus River

Antonia López González and the health of natives

Antonia López González has conceived and is working on a social project linked to the health of these populations, based on the fact of creating a resident figure in those localities who can provide medical assistance there, on site, without having to move for days along the Purus, as she and her team when they travel leaving the Barco and moving on fragile canoes for entire days to visit the approximately two hundred villages that stain infinite spaces of grass.

Difficult and real life, where the figure of the “good savage” or some “Western man's duty towards the poor of the world”, but rather respect and awareness of the dignity of others.

During those journeys as well as in those communities it is not possible to use the Internet or the telephone network.

As a result, all those activities do not appear, except marginally, in the contents that make up the enormous mass of digital information that describes human and machine actions, so vast as to be incomprehensible.

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Artificial Intelligence: Antonia López González is the author of the book “Atlas de Dermatopatología Tropical”, open to the knowledge of Brazilian shamans
Antonia López González is the author of the book “Atlas de Dermatopatología Tropical”, open to the knowledge of Brazilian shamans

Tool to understand humanity like never before

It's like holding a photograph close to your eyes: it appears clear up to a certain point, after which, being too close to your pupils, you can no longer see anything.

Artificial Intelligence is the tool used to make that image so detailed that it would otherwise be intelligible to our mind interpretable.

The ability to record data, particularly through the web, is very powerful and yet there are only minimal traces of Dr. López González, of her project Ipiranga nor of those people and their history, life, knowledge.

If you are reading and wondering what is being lost in this way, here is an example.

Tony, as the scientist calls himself for simplicity, has created a text over time entitled "Atlas de Dermatopatología Tropical" and the completely atypical thing is that he also wrote it using the centuries-old uses of the "chamanes", the shamans of villages.

He did this not by believing in some of their magical powers, but by scientifically analyzing which active ingredients are extracted from the medicinal plants that shamans use, so as to discover their properties and effects.

In short, if today the "evidence based" medicine of tropical diseases can take advantage of certain drugs it is because it has transferred into it the wisdom of those populations so distant as to only appear in a few documentaries.

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Artificial Intelligence: the Purus has a catchment area of ​​63.166 square km and an average flow rate of 8.400 cubic meters per second, with the Acre or Aquiry as its main tributary
The Purus has a catchment area of ​​63.166 square km and an average flow rate of 8.400 cubic meters per second, with the Acre or Aquiry as its main tributary

If we are not all, we will be no one...

AI is a global phenomenon, a technology that will be used increasingly and which is based on human practices.

If it is to truly transform knowledge into new ways to assist and improve the life of the species, then it must be made inclusive and not waste anything of what Homo Sapiens has learned in the last two hundred thousand-odd years on this planet.

Making a catalog as complete as possible of human experience is not only an encyclopedic objective, but above all the way for every living being to be represented as such, not only as a cumulation of digitally recorded actions, of books written in the most widespread languages, of doctrines forms of only one part of the world but as an irreplaceable part of humanity.

Any lack in this sense will make it more likely that the use of Artificial Intelligence could become a reduction of knowledge and an element of discrimination between cultures and knowledge.

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Artificial Intelligence: Antonia López González is the Spanish doctor specializing in tropical diseases who treats the natives of the Amazon across the long course of the Purus river
Antonia López González is the Spanish doctor specializing in tropical diseases who treats the natives of the Amazon along the long course of the Purus River