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The dream of AI has always been talking computers. General AI as prediction.

The cartoon below is my favorite version of the sentiment that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined as anything computers can’t do….at least yet.

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Understanding AI risk. How Star Trek got talking computers right in 1966, while Her got it wrong in 2013.

From the original version of the TV show Star Trek, in the episode The Conscience of the King, Captain Kirk is suspicious the actor Anton Karidian is actually the evil mass murderer Kodos the Executioner. So Kirk asks the computer for information:

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The Economics of Artificial Intelligence

An often quoted paper by Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders starts with this great line: “We see the influence of the information age everywhere, except in the GDP statistics.” They go on to note that Information technology has been static at 4% of GDP for the past 25 years. But the economics of artificial intelligence […]

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The Gradual Singularity

The Technological Singularity is defined as the sudden emergence of a super-intelligent computer. The classic scenario is people build an artificial intelligence capable of building a better artificial intelligence, and this process runs away with itself until you get a super-intelligent computer. See Asimov’s 1950 short story for an example. You can see why it’s […]

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Bees are to hives what neurons are to brains

Biologists consider bees to be superorganisms, where the social bonding of individual bees is so tight they exhibit behavior at the hive level. A common analogy is bees are to hives what cells are to a bee. Or to extend further, as neuron cells are to a human brain. Now the coordination of cells in […]

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The debate on Strong Artificial Intelligence and conscious computers

There is a longstanding debate on whether computers will ever achieve true consciousness, sometimes called “Strong Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. So you might think the most interesting AI question right now is how close are we to thinking computers. But I think something else big will happen before we get there, and this will end the debate […]

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Consciousness and Free Will

As explained last post, in regards to consciousness I’ll assume a materialist biology theory of mind. And as such the science question is how a real human brain is conscious. This approach avoids any abstract philosophical arguments such as the mind-body problem. Furthermore I’ll immediately concede I’m in the tank for Daniel Dennett, pictured above. So to a certain extent […]