You Are Wrong, Dr. Hawking
At Coseer, we have nothing but respect for Stephen Hawking. We do disagree with one thing, though. In an interview that led many across the world to question developments in AI, Dr. Hawking warned that “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded” by artificial intelligence, which would spell the end of human existence.
When Dr. Hawking says something, we listen. We have given this notion a considerable amount of thought, but based on our experiences working with tactical cognitive computing, concluded otherwise. We find it unlikely that in the foreseeable future AI will take over humans in its abilities, let alone in its sinister designs for extinction of our species.
Dr. Hawking, 75, can predict billion year long life cycles of black-holes millions of light years away, without leaving Earth’s surface.
Human beings are not just biological animals. We have created a very complex existence by developing technologies to compensate for our biological weaknesses. For instance, unlike any other species, humans can thrive in all sorts of habitats. Biology definitely did not destine us for inter-stellar travel.
Of course, brain is a biological organ, but its greatness depends on a massive edifice of ideas. This is why Dr. Hawking, 75, can predict billion year long life cycles of black-holes millions of light years away. We are confident Dr. Hawking has not been more than 10 miles above Earth’s surface physically.
We further note that this edifice of ideas is built in response to stimuli, natural or man made. As our lives get more complex, our minds are called upon to perform ever greater feats. Case in point, a generation ago a seven year old child would be politically unaware. Whereas, in the run up to 2016 elections, driven by television, iPads and social media, seven year-olds across US were debating Trump vs Clinton in a naive, limited, misinformed, yet highly aware parlance. Biology could not have changed that in a generation.
Evolution of human mind is not constrained by biology, but is in response to complexity of its environment.
We are confident that as AI makes our lives more complex, the human mind will respond to it. Humans have learnt to tame animals, fire, nuclear power and many other factors that could have individually caused our extinction. As deficient as these endeavors may be, humans have come together to build a symbiotic civilizations, develop the concept of law and order, and address global warming. We don’t humans dealing with AI would be any different.
Biology has given us many gifts. Our brain’s ability to be creative and to exercise judgment are probably unparalleled among those. At Coseer we believe that humans should focus on those two, and the let the fourth industrial revolution take care of the rest.