Intelligence is not Artificial

by piero scaruffi

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(These are excerpts from my book "Intelligence is not Artificial")

Koan: What is not Artificial Intelligence although it is Superhuman?

In 1941 the great Argentinian wroter Jorge-Luis Borges wrote a tale titled "The Library of Babel" (1941) in which he imagined a library that contains all the permutations of the alphabet. If we throw enough computation power at it, of course, our machines can produce combinatorially every single book that has ever been published, and all possible compendia that have never been written about all the books ever published and all the books never published, and countless other novels and poems, including histories of the future, biographies of people that have not been born yet, and translations of all these books in all languages, including languages never invented by humans. Borges doesn't tell us who created that library, and probably wouldn't know how to create it because there aren't enough people on the Earth living long enough to create it; but in that same year of 1941, a continent apart, a German civil engineer named Konrad Zuse built the first programmable computer, a machine capable of creating that library. We don't need Artificial Intelligence for this task, just a ten-line program. We don't need Google's TPUs of 2017, just Zuse's 1941 machine.

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