I read this comic last week and I asked myself: “What’s the big deal here?”
Machines overcoming humans, what’s the meaning of this, exactly, and why it matters?
For starters, this is something pretty unique in Earth’s history, I would say. Because this would most likely be the first time that a creation overcomes the creator. (No, I’m not going to start discussing about God and humans and who created who and if, in the possibility of God having actually created the humans, if humans are overcoming him. Not now, at least. And I’ll likely transcribe a digression about why I didn’t capitalize the “h” when I wrote the personal pronoun that is referring to God.)
Right, but what can machines do exactly? A lot, right? Yes, but what can they do by themselves? Only what humans tell them to do. So what’s the problem here if we create a machine that is better than humans at playing chess, go or even jeopardy? Even a simple calculator can do math better than most humans and I don’t see people complaining or worrying about it…
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