I am currently reading some of the until now 171 fascinating and most entertaining responses to the Edge 2014 question.
I’d love to comment on some of the entries, but.. too busy reading, so I’ve just picked a few to give you a taste.., and, being Danish, what is more
altruistic natural than to begin with a Dane..
the idea that there is a conflict of interest between helping yourself and helping others…
Frank Wilczek – Physicist, MIT; Recipient, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Author, The Lightness of Being
– the distinction between Mind and Matter, is embedded in everyday language and thinking, and even more deeply in philosophy and theology, – but we now know a lot more about matter, atoms and brain. Matter can dance in intricate, dynamic patterns; it can exploit environmental resources, to self-organize and export entropy…
Roger Schank – Psychologist & Computer Scientist; Engines for Education Inc.; Author, Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools
should be renamed “ the attempt to get computers to do really cool stuff“.
I am working on a program now that will hold an intelligent conversation about medical issues with a user. Is my program intelligent? No. The program has no self knowledge. It doesn’t know what it is saying and it doesn’t know what it knows. The fact that we have stuck ourselves with this silly idea of intelligent machines or AI causes people to misperceive the real issues.
There really is no need to create artificial humans anyway. We have enough real ones already..
Max Tegmark – Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific Director, Foundational Questions Institute
has become mathematically mainstream, and most physicists and mathematicians have become so enamored with infinity that they rarely question it.
But we don’t actually need the infinite to do physics So if we can do without infinity to figure out what happens next, surely nature can too…
W. Daniel Hillis – Physicist, Computer Scientist, Chairman of Applied Minds, Inc.; author, The Pattern on the Stone
Cause and effect..
which is just an artifact of our brains’ penchant for storytelling, – a framework that we use to manipulate the world and to construct explanations for the convenience of our own understanding..
Seth Lloyd – Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Author, Programming the Universe
does not consist of all things visible and invisible—what is, has been, and will be…
It was licked out of the salty rim of the primordial fiery pit by the tongue of a giant cow…