The wired brain: How not to talk about an AI-powered future

It’s tempting to think that artificial intelligence is on a trajectory to becoming like human intelligence except, well, artificial. But just as vacuum cleaners aren’t motorised brooms, as the futurists of 1900 imagined, AI isn’t about automated humans; Self-driving cars don’t have a robot sitting behind the steering wheel, they solve the driving problem very differently. So we need to make sure that we find better questions before we can assume we are finding better answers – and this post argues that we will be better off doing that by avoiding misleading analogies with brains and robots – and indeed artificial intelligence as a label.

Ines Montani

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