Intelligence is not Artificial

Why the Singularity is not Coming any Time Soon And Other Meditations on the Post-Human Condition and the Future of Intelligence

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

Cognitive Intermezzo: The Origin of Human Intelligence (or of Machine Intelligence?)

Steven Piantadosi and Celeste Kidd at Rochester University ("Extraordinary Intelligence and the Care of Infants" in Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 2016) have found a correlation in primates between the degree of intelligence in the adults and the degree of "stupidity" in their offspring. Human brains are so sophisticated because human parents need to take care of the most helpless babies in the animal kingdom. The dumber the children, the smarter the parent has to be to keep them alive. Other animals start walking and eating right after being born. Human babies need to be fed and learn to walk only after many months. Their theory is: the dumber the children, the smarter the parents must be. How do you create very intelligent parents? By giving them very dumb children to watch, protect, lecture, etc. They speculate that there is a self-reinforcing loop at work: because humans make the dumbest children, they must be very intelligent adults, and in order to produce intelligent adults the children must be very dumb. I wonder if a similar self-reinforcing loop is at work on the intelligence of technology: does technology make dumber humans in order for humans to invent smarter technology to deal with dumber humans, technology which will in turn make humans even dumber?

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