What Went Wrong With AI?
David Eagleman says he grew up dreaming of having a robot companion like C-3PO, but all he got was the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Why has the field of artificial intelligence progressed so slowly?
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David Eagleman says he grew up dreaming of having a robot companion like C-3PO, but all he got was the Roomba vacuum cleaner.
Why has the field of artificial intelligence progressed so slowly, even though we have thrown the best minds in the world at the problem since the 1960s?
Eagleman, who is a neuroscientist and the author of The New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, tells Big Think "if we want to solve the AI problem we need to approach it in the same way Mother Nature did." In other words, while programers try to develop a single solution for a single problem, "the brain is this collection of sub-populations that all solve problems in overlapping ways."
Programmers need to build a machine that runs on "reinventing solutions and having overlapping solutions."
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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