Media and some experts proclaim that we are about to create Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will allow machines to basically start thinking like people, and take care of everything.
But the term ‘artificial intelligence’ should be abandoned. When some day real AI takes place it won’t have anything of “artificial”. And there is no special reason to believe that we´ll be able to recognize or understand it.
We tend to assume that other intelligences will use a sequential, linear language, like ours. But reality can be very different, and unrecognizable.
Just check our failure to understand other intelligent species such as elephants, dolphins or whales. We do it on our terms, not theirs. Even after decades of study of the matter.
The simplest worms have a brain of 300 neurons. This connectome has already been completely mapped, and yet the most basic behavior of these creatures is barely understood.
We don´t even know how and why the most simple forms of life behave, and we are about to create some intelligence that will replace 3 billion years of biological evolution? … sure.
Current AI models and research assume that you can recreate consciousness using equations and logical procedures. But they are basically systems of equations and feedback. They work well when they are trained, but only under very strict boundary conditions.
So-called Artificial General Intelligence (the one supposed to imitate a human brain) is probably decades away, if it ever happens.