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Computer Takeover Won’t Happen, Says Scientist and Philosopher

Scientist and entrepreneur Jobst Landgrebe and philosopher Barry Smith published a book last month that directly challenges the claim that AI is becoming capable of human-like thinking and will rule our world whether we like it or not. Here’s what the critics are saying Why machines will never dominate the world: Fearless artificial intelligence (Routledge, 2022)

It is a very impressive work that makes a new and vital contribution to the literature on AI and AGI. The rigor and depth with which the authors make their case is compelling, and the range of disciplinary and scientific knowledge on which they draw is particularly remarkable and truly novel.

– Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair, Edinburgh Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh

The alluring nightmare in which machines take over running the planet and humans are reduced to drudgery is not only remote or improbable: the authors argue that it is mathematically impossible. While drawing on a remarkable range of disciplines for their evidence, Landgrebe and Smith’s argument is essentially simple. Required reading for those who fear the worst, but also for those who inadvertently try to cause it.

– Peter M. Simons, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin

Berit Brogaard, professor of philosophy at the University of Miami, reminds us that a year ago Elon Musk told us that AI would overtake us in five years. Ray Kurzweil said similar things for what seems to last for decades…

A key factor they note is that where computers need to be explicit and specific, most human languages ​​aren’t like that and don’t need to be. In fact, it’s more informative if that’s not the case…

From Summary at Taylor and Francis:

To support their claim, the authors, Jobst Landgrebe and Barry Smith, bring together evidence from mathematics, physics, computer science, philosophy, linguistics and biology, framing their book around three central questions : What are the essential marks of human intelligence? What are researchers trying to do when trying to achieve “artificial intelligence” (AI)? And why, after more than 50 years, are our most common interactions with AI, for example with our bank’s computers, still so unsatisfactory?

They see a bright future for computers, but not at the expense of humanity.

Drs. Landgrebe and Smith will speak at the National Association of Scholars’ Restoring the Sciences webinar series, along with J. Scott Turner, author Goal and Desire (2017) moderation.