Artificial Intelligence is impressive, but it is not really intelligent.
The giant corporate, digital media conglomerations heralding the arrival of artificial intelligence, beating chess and Go champions with computers, had lofty visions of themselves as the next iteration in the evolution of human intelligence. But as George Gilder observes in “Life After Google” When a supercomputer defeats a man in a game of chess or Go, the man is using maybe fourteen watts of power, while the computer and its networks are tapping into the gigawatt clouds on the Columbia. The “Columbia” Mr Gilder references here is a river in Oregon used to cool an enormous building housing silicon parallel processors. The good author did not mention the dozens of uber-tech software geniuses working to keep the internationally connected behemoth of a computer matrix, terrorizing Korean Go Grand Master Lee Sodel in a five game series, up and running. The fourteen watts of power Lee Sodel used wouldn’t light a thought bubble over his head. And Lee won one out of five games. In reality, these data giants are advertising companies, collecting audience data from their search engines, social media sites and video platforms.
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“The Cloud” a metaphor for a digital hive mind of self organizing collective intelligence, is no more than a collection of enormous data factories filled with silicone memory chips and electronic switching equipment inter-connected with laser wire and cooled by melting glaciers.
After inventing a workable concept of a computing architecture in 1936, a Turing Machine, Alan Turing also described what he called “the halting problem”. Turing’s proofs concluded a computer needs an “oracle” a human outside of the system to provide instructions and judge output. One of the first things a programer learns is how to interrupt endless loops. While matrixes of computing architecture modeled on the fractal patterns of neuronal connections, bolstered by peta flops, can query, sort, compute and even sense data input in remarkable ways, they do not come close to duplicating human sensory capabilities. Neuronal computer architecherture, while impressive, are not brains. Or conversely, human brains are not digital processing computers made of meat. Human consciousness is an abstraction of complexity so enormous that is defies empirical definition even today. As for computing machines, someone still needs to plug them in. The oracle problem remains.
Just as quantum theory fell into self-referential loops of uncertainty because it measured atoms and electrons using instruments composed of atoms and electrons, computer logic could not escape self-referential loops as its own logical structures informed its own algorithms. (Gilder)
Self Organizing Collective Intelligence is a notion that giant matrixes of information swirling within the complexity of the internet can bifrucate into useful, intelligent output. Have you looked at comment sections lately? Collective stupidity can not be dismissed. Also, status hierarchies tend to self organize as well. Giant broadcast media companies have cracked the algorithms of the digital media platforms, placing their logos at the top of any newsfeeds I follow. Tech companies promote themselves in hyperbole. Perhaps it is because they have achieved a lot. When big shots brag, they have to be hyperbolic in order to look even bigger. But what are the goals of these tech giants?
The digital corporate giants have built some extremely impressive tools for sure. But their product is no more intelligent than any other tool. Sure, giant buildings filled with peta bytes of parallel processors accomplish work much faster and way more efficiently than humans could. But so does a plough.
The difference is only in scale. Just as a talking mouse named Mickey sold cereal to baby boomers, and an underwater talking sponge won millennial hearts from the former high tech broadcast medium television, the once innovative technical wizards in the cloud-like hive mind of Silicone Valley have become fancy high tech sales people circling their digital pushcarts around the online marketplace.