1 -Science is converging on an all-encompassing dogma, which says that organisms are algorithms, and life is data processing.
2 – Intelligence is decoupling from consciousness.
3 – Non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms may soon know us better than we know ourselves.
He then goes on to ask three key questions:
1 – Are organisms really just algorithms, and is life really just data processing?
2 – What’s more valuable – intelligence or consciousness?
3 – What will happen to society, politics and daily life when non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?
One answer to question one seems to be pretty simple – ‘no’ because it misses out empathy, arguably a cornerstone of ethics. I think question two sets up a false dichotomy because it sidesteps the obvious possibility that a combination of the two may be more valuable, or at least as valuable, than each isolated. And I have no idea how to answer the third question. Anyone got any ideas?