The ‘analogue’ artificial intelligence that begins its education with a song

As Icarus discovered, it is difficult to imitate something when you don’t understand its guiding principles properly. Our rapidly-increasing ability to process data algorithmically has so far outstripped our limited understanding of what ‘intelligence’ might actually be as to set us on a well-funded race towards utility and productivity for new machine systems which are capable of learning, either supervised or semi-supervised. There are not many AI projects so abstract as to let a machine entity proceed from the same kind of ad hoc data ingestion by which humans familiarise themselves with their new world at the start of their lives. A free-thinking machine that has experienced, explored and reasoned its way into anything resembling ‘understanding’ or ‘consciousness’ may not actually want to stack shelves for Amazon or put your…


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