Good read in today's FT on homo sapiens, machines and AI.
"This latest fascination with AI is that it reframes the eternal debate about what it means to be human, challenging our conceptions of identity, creativity and consciousness. AI is both the apotheosis of the rational scientific thought of the Enlightenment and, possibly, its damnation too. Are we approaching the day, the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari has asked, when computers will know us better than we know ourselves?"
John Thornhill FT 9th August 2019
No matter how much we laugh at robotic failings today, we should still marvel at how fast AI has developed over the past decade and wonder how far it may yet evolve. We flatter ourselves that electronic intelligence will always take shape in humanoid robots, such as McEwan’s Adam. But it is far more likely to develop in disembodied forms that we can scarcely comprehend.