"Humanistic Intelligence" differs from Artificial Intelligence in
the sense that the goal is to "become" intelligent, through
prostheses of sorts, rather than be replaced or disenfranchised by
intelligent machines. Thus H.I. challenges the notion of
environmental intelligence and ubiquitous surveillance. Rather than
"smart rooms", "smart floors", "smart ceilings", "smart
toilets", "smart light switches", etc., H.I. puts forth the notion
of "smart people".
An important goal of H.I. is to take a first step toward a foremost
principle of the Enlightenment, that of the dignity of the individual.
This is accomplished through a prosthetic transformation of the body
into a sovereign space.
(Ars Electronica Symposium, Plenary lecture by Steve Mann,
Wednesday Sept. 10, 1997, Linz, Austria)