An interesting article about the future of technology. Ray Kurzweil sees a world in which we merge with machines (the Singularity). According to Kurzweil we should not fear merging as it will enhance rather than destroy what it means to be human. For example the coming together of man and machine will enhance intelligence (note, according to Kurzweil there is no distinction between artificial and human intelligence). Kurzweil forsees a world in which the distinction between “virtual” and “real” reality will disappear. We will be able to experience reality as experienced by historical personages or sit on a fence and watch the goings on in Roman times.
There is a lot in the interview to arouse the interest of the layman with an interest in technology such as myself. However I would take issue with Kurzweil’s view that artificial intelligence is, in essence the same as human intelligence. I, as a human respond to poetry both on an emotional level and an intellectual one. For instance I feel the sadness in Dowson’s “They are not Long the weeping and the laughter”, something deep inside responds to the poet’s message that life is brief, that our joys and sorrows are fleeting things which will all pass away. On the intellectual level I comprehend Dowson’s meaning that all is impermanent, that nothing lasts. Here the emotional and the intellectual are interlinked, it is difficult to separate one from the other. I can imagine a machine which could, by clever programming explain the meaning of the above poem and why it is profoundly moving and beautiful, however to go one step further and to postulate that said artificial intelligence really understands and feels the poem is a very different matter.
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