To brain or not to brain, that is the question...
In an era of machine learning and artificial intelligence, there may be nowhere that is not unveiled by the light of information and data measurement.
AI systems approximating human thought? It seems to me that we are quite a long way from comprehensively understanding what human thought actually is, let alone successfully simulating it.
Advances in autonomous, automated information processing technologies appear closely coupled to a qualitative devaluation of what we have always assumed were uniquely human attributes.
Conventional platitudes and "safe" research agendas actively inhibit the free flow of ideas that discovery and authentic intellectual creativity or intelligence require.
The unfolding patterns, exploratory revelations and emergent complexity of Artificial Intelligence may not ultimately reveal itself to be as useful to us as we (and all our aspirations) turn out to be to it.
It is a gargantuan investment and leap of faith to assert, predict or seek to influence technological trajectories over a time scale of centuries.
When information and communications systems become massively autonomous, will we be able to react to the unfolding events in any competitive information and communications space?
Most narratives of post-AI apocalypse fail to acknowledge that whatever it is that is going on between all of our ears might actually represent a resource or asset of study and creative experimentation for an artificial superintelligence.
Will technology make us stupid ? Or is there more creative and innovative opportunity than ever before to be derived from our tools of cognitive extension ?
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.