Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines
Scott Santens
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Human intelligence is much more complex than “analyzing information”. It’s sort of odd to see a self-proclaimed cognitive scientist give such short thrift to human intelligence. And to use such a terrible analogy as “falling dominoes”? C’mon! I could think of a dozen better analogies.

I have a lot of issues with the rise of artificial “intelligence”. Information is NOT knowledge. Knowledge is NOT wisdom. You can have all of the information in the world (technically impossible) and you still wouldn’t be able to have a machine understand compassion or suffering, two key aspects of human existence. Computers don’t make connections with other people; they don’t make friendships, they don’t debate ideas, they don’t foster spaces in which people can grow.

To me, I don’t really care that some computers can now play a game that’s really complex. Well, Lee Se-dol can do a lot more than just play Go: He can participate in his community, he can love people, he can have children and raise them, he can play sports, cook meals, come up with new ideas, analyze the universe in terms of human perception, paint pictures (if not well, I dunno), maybe play a musical instrument, write short stories, dance in the rain, send thank you letters to his grandmother, tuck his children into bed at night, send his children to school in the morning, feel emotions, feel empathy and sympathy, understand suffering, understand love and compassion, participate in sit-ins, protest against demagogues, and look up at the stars at night and ponder his infinitesimally small but infinitely important existence.

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