University of Buffalo philosopher and founder of Cognotekt, a German AI company, Barry Smith wrote the book «Why Machines Will Never Rule the World: Artificial Intelligence without Fear. In this writing, the author argues that AI does not have enough skills to rule the world.
Smith holds as a thesis that whatever incremental progress is being made in the field of the AI it will not bring you any closer in practical terms to the possibility of the full functioning of the human brain.
“There can be no machine will,” he says. “Every AI application is based on the intentions of human beings, including the intentions to produce random results. This means that the Singularity, a point where the AI becomes uncontrollable and irreversible (like a Skynet moment from the “Terminator” movie franchise) is not going to happen. Wild claims to the contrary only serve to inflate the potential of AI and distort public understanding of the nature, possibilities and limits of the technology.”
The philosopher further adds that, “AI matching the general intelligence of humans is impossible due to the mathematical limits of what can be modeled and is “computable”.
“Overcoming these barriers would require a revolution in mathematics that would be of greater significance than Newton and Leibniz’s invention of calculus more than 350 years ago,” says Smith, one of the world’s most cited contemporary philosophers. “We’re not holding our breath.”
“The GPT-3 text generator has proven itself capable of producing different types of compelling results in many divergent fields,” says Smith. “Unfortunately, its users soon recognized that mixed in with these outputs are also embarrassing bugs, so the convincing outputs themselves began to appear as nothing more than clever parlor tricks.”
“In certain confined environments completely determined by rules, the machine learning it can be used to create algorithms that outperform humans,” Smith concludes. “But this does not mean that they can ‘discover’ the rules that govern any activity that takes place in an open environment, which is what the human brain accomplishes every day.”