Artificial Intelligence is neither artificial nor intelligent

Modern science, according to Carl Sagan, is a voyage into the unknown with a lesson in humility at every stop. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential to disrupt our ‘way of life’ could very well be one such voyage through 2016. Will AI challenge the fundamental notions of humanity: our biological needs, our social relations, and even our morality? Will humans — programmed by default to survive and reproduce – eventually become a misfit in a world dominated by a complex array of algorithms? Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, among others, think so. Musk even went a step further by donating US$10 million in January last year to the Future of Life Foundation, which is dedicated to making sure AI remains people-friendly. Simply put, they believe that…


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