Why AI won’t work. Probably. ~ Matthew Wright

Reblogged from Matthew Wright:

One of the main tropes of science fiction has to be the self-aware robot or computer – one mobile, the other not, but both presented as self-aware and able to think as we do, although often better.

I think, therefore I am a slide rule.

Often, Frankenstein-style, the AI develops malevolence. That was a trope long before HAL; virtually all of Asimov’s robot stories from the 1940s onwards were designed to counter the notion of the AI turning on its creators. Asimov’s answer – which, apparently, was proposed to him by John W. Campbell – were the ‘laws of robotics’ in which machines simply couldn’t harm humans.

Inevitably, these laws didn’t work, and Asimov knew it; a lot of his stories involved finding ways that the laws failed. He spelled out the main point of failure in one of the final robot novels: all the builder had to do was program a different definition of ‘human’ into a robot. And more recently, work on robots has shown that such laws are impractical, not least because they require value judgements which current machine technology cannot provide.

That also highlights the other problem – for all the work done to date and all the conceits of creating ‘smart’ machines, the AI we’ve come up with is nothing like the notion of a self-aware, thinking machine in our image, mentally or otherwise. And part of the reason is that, to this day, nobody actually knows where consciousness comes from, how it’s generated, or even what it actually is. Oh, we have some very good guesses and theories. But actually knowing? No.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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3 Responses to Why AI won’t work. Probably. ~ Matthew Wright

  1. Pingback: Why AI won’t work. Probably. ~ Matthew Wright — Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. frenk brown says:

    So thinkable

    Liked by 1 person

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