Conventional platitudes and "safe" research agendas actively inhibit the free flow of ideas that discovery and authentic intellectual creativity or intelligence require.
As Neural Networks get progressively smarter, our own intellect loses some of its unique character and special nature.
What does an attempt to generate an artificially intelligent Theory of Mind (of the existence of intentions, experiences and inference of probable future actions) in other entities reveal about our own existential circumstances and the fundamental uncertainties of our own experience ?
AI are really just sophisticated computational tools and technologies, not the oft-hyped and promoted "intelligence" they are misrepresented as.
The documentary "Transcendent Man" is an interesting reflection on Ray Kurzweil and his intriguing instantiation of a technological evangelism which envisions a Rapture-like technological singularity in which humanity will attain pseudo-omniscience and near-immortal longevity. The documentary itself is well balanced and also portrays a number of intellectual antagonists to Kurzweil's utopian prophesies of a Genetic,…