The Myth of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an oxymoron. AI is nothing but a myth. Intelligence  in this post is being referred to in the context of the theory of multiple intelligence. AI is just a fancy term for sophisticated algorithms. It would do more justice to the term AI if we just replaced the letter I with algorithmic instead of intelligence.

There’s this one story with a great violinist, and his friend remarked that the former has a good violin. So the violin player took down his instrument, and retorted that the violin was just that: a violin. It is no good without the player.

And that story captures the very essence of computing. Computing is algorithm.

Hardware is nothing without the software. A medium is nothing without a message. It’s a system. Computing won’t work without its requisite components.

There is no spirit in the machine. To illustrate the contradiction, intelligence is organic, evolutionary, feedback loop and abstract whereas machines are lifeless, an invention of which without humans, there is no machine in the first place.

In a nutshell, intelligence is an emergent phenomenon arising out of consciousness. Until we have a full understanding of the theory of consciousness, AI is just a pipe dream.

I’m tempted to say that the computer is only as intelligent as its algorithms, but the more appropriate term is: the computer is only as good as its algorithms… but not intelligent.


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