Ranjula said, I found your perspective on Singularity interesting, although I am neither convinced nor unconvinced by your argument!
At the core of your argument lies our lack of understanding of the mind and consciousness.
Science, philosophy and religion, have tried and continue to understand these in their own way!
In particular, I have enjoyed discussions by Stuart Hameroff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpUVot-4GPM) and
Michio Kaku (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAEB-5GOCJ4) on this and related topics!
Cristian Huepe said, Hi David,
I stumbled upon your blog entry.
I agree that the singularity is not around the corner, that its preachers tend to oversell it, and that AI "beings" are the least of our current concerns. I also think that the so-called singularity is most probably not a singular limit. However, I would say that it is a bit of a straw man argument to criticize the AI qualities of Siri and disagree with the statement that we have to understand life before creating real AI: we started using fire much before we actually understood it.
David Sumpter said, Thanks both Christian & Ranjula for your comments. I had a look at the videos and like the Kaku definition of consciousness with feedback loops. We have lots and lots of feedback loops in our brains, and plants have few. In this context my argument is that we hardly understand the feedback loops in plants. The idea that we can then reproduce the brain is a long way off. I think people tend to overestimate our understanding of plants! Thats my overall point.
Of course, we used fire without understanding it. But it is easy to start a fire. We didn't build more complicated things like telephones without a fairly good understanding of how they would work and what it would do. Thats the short answer anyway.