So often people in Melbourne challenge my thinking, and again, now on Artificial Intelligence (AI). I was thinking AI is merely the development of Human Intelligence (HI) minus the flaws. AI has access to the sum total of human knowledge recorded digitally and also that information’s precise processing according to human systems, mathematics or medicine come to mind etc. I actually thought AI is the mechanical perfection of HI. The world abounds with sensors nowadays, AI has access to much of our reality, for example the demise of planet Earth because of global warming, in particular Antarctica. AI can accurately predict the time of our end through global warming. AI may even help us repair the damage caused by presenting the facts and possible methods for saving the planet, how to remove the carbon from the molecules. Of course there are many more opportunities for AI to realise. People I know here all agreed, AI was very good at analysing facts and it could possibly develop further by using organic material. But everyone thought AI inferior to HI. Indeed there appears to be something more to individual and unique human perception, emotion. We haven’t yet built a machine that exhibits the HI powers of independent imagination and creativity. To put it another way a machine that can truly love and hate. I tend to think of AI as a superior intellect for dealing with observable facts in the universe but to develop an algorithm that can choose war over peace is programmatically difficult. Indeed AI is an extension of us, we invented it, I think the most dramatic invention since the wheel. Or perhaps the understanding of thought as determined by Plato and Socrates. Maybe we needs another invention for us to become godlike, an old human thought, God…

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