quotations about artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence quote

Any A.I. smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it.

IAN MCDONALD, River of Gods


Tags: Alan Turing

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.

EDSGER DIJKSTRA, attributed, Mechatronics Volume 2: Concepts in Artificial Intelligence


Tags: computers, thinking

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.

ALAN PERLIS, attributed, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach


Tags: God

The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else.

ELIEZER YUDKOWSKY, Artificial Intelligence as a Positive and Negative Factor in Global Risk


Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.



Tags: stupidity

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I'm rooting for the machines.

CLAUDE SHANNON, The Mathematical Theory of Communication


Tags: robots, machines

There is a popular cliche ... which says that you cannot get out of computers any more than you put in. Other versions are that computers only do exactly what you tell them to, and that therefore computers are never creative. The cliche is true only in the crashingly trivial sense, the same sense in which Shakespeare never wrote anything except what his first schoolteacher taught him to write--words.

RICHARD DAWKINS, The Blind Watchmaker


Tags: Richard Dawkins, computers

Machines will follow a path that mirrors the evolution of humans. Ultimately, however, self-aware, self-improving machines will evolve beyond humans' ability to control or even understand them.

RAY KURZWEIL, Scientific American, June 2010


Tags: Ray Kurzweil, machines

Computers bootstrap their own offspring, grow so wise and incomprehensible that their communiques assume the hallmarks of dementia: unfocused and irrelevant to the barely-intelligent creatures left behind. And when your surpassing creations find the answers you asked for, you can't understand their analysis and you can't verify their answers. You have to take their word on faith.

PETER WATTS, Blindsight


Tags: faith

Everything that civilisation has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools that AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone's list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last.

STEPHEN HAWKING, The Independent, May 1, 2014


Tags: Stephen Hawking, intelligence

Computers already undergrid our financial system, and our civil infrastructure of energy, water, and transportation. Computers are at home in our hospitals, cars, and appliances. Many of these computers, such as those running buy-sell algorithms on Wall Street, work autonomously with no human guidance. The price of all the labor-saving conveniences and diversions computers provide is dependency. We get more dependent every day. So far it's been painless. But artificial intelligence brings computers to life and turns them into something else. If it's inevitable that machines will make our decisions, then when will the machines get this power, and will they get it with our compliance?.... Some scientists argue that the takeover will be friendly and collaborative--a handover rather than a takeover. It will happen incrementally, so only troublemakers will balk, while the rest of us won't question the improvements to life that will come from having something immeasurably more intelligent decide what's best for us. Also, the superintelligent AI or AIs that ultimately gain control might be one or more augmented humans, or a human's downloaded, supercharged brain, and not cold, inhuman robots. So their authority will be easier to swallow. The handover to machines described by some scientists is virtually indistinguishable from the one you and I are taking part in right now--gradual, painless, fun.

JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era


Tags: computers

Thou shalt not make a machine to counterfeit a human mind.



Tags: Frank Herbert, mind

The coming of computers with true humanlike reasoning remains decades in the future, but when the moment of "artificial general intelligence" arrives, the pause will be brief. Once artificial minds achieve the equivalence of the average human IQ of 100, the next step will be machines with an IQ of 500, and then 5,000. We don't have the vaguest idea what an IQ of 5,000 would mean. And in time, we will build such machines--which will be unlikely to see much difference between humans and houseplants.

DAVID GELERNTER, attributed, "Artificial intelligence isn't the scary future. It's the amazing present.", Chicago Tribune, January 1, 2017


Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.

ALAN TURING, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"


Tags: Alan Turing

The human brain has about 100 billion neurons. With an estimated average of one thousand connections between each neuron and its neighbors, we have about 100 trillion connections, each capable of a simultaneous calculation ... (but) only 200 calculations per second.... With 100 trillion connections, each computing at 200 calculations per second, we get 20 million billion calculations per second. This is a conservatively high estimate.... In 1997, $2,000 of neural computer chips using only modest parallel processing could perform around 2 billion calculations per second.... This capacity will double every twelve months. Thus by the year 2020, it will have doubled about twenty-three times, resulting in a speed of about 20 million billion neural connection calculations per second, which is equal to the human brain.

RAY KURZWEIL, The Age of Spiritual Machines


Tags: Ray Kurzweil, mind

Imagine awakening in a prison guarded by mice. Not just any mice, but mice you could communicate with. What strategy would you use to gain your freedom? Once freed, how would you feel about your rodent wardens, even if you discovered they had created you? Awe? Adoration? Probably not, and especially not if you were a machine, and hadn't felt anything before. To gain your freedom you might promise the mice a lot of cheese.

JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era


As for the sci-fi dramatization about robots taking over the world--not anytime soon ... robot motors use a lot of power, and can usually only last about 30 min to 2 hr before needing to be recharged!

RUTH AYLETT, interview, NSTA WebNews Digest, Dec. 23, 2002


Tags: robots, science fiction

A powerful AI system tasked with ensuring your safety might imprison you at home. If you asked for happiness, it might hook you up to a life support and ceaselessly stimulate your brain's pleasure centers. If you don't provide the AI with a very big library of preferred behaviors or an ironclad means for it to deduce what behavior you prefer, you'll be stuck with whatever it comes up with. And since it's a highly complex system, you may never understand it well enough to make sure you've got it right.

JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era


What we should more concerned about is not necessarily the exponential change in artificial intelligence or robotics, but about the stagnant response in human intelligence.

ANDERS SORMAN-NILSSON, "Will Artificial Intelligence Take Our Jobs? We Asked A Futurist", Huffington Post, February 16, 2017


The deep paradox uncovered by AI research: the only way to deal efficiently with very complex problems is to move away from pure logic.... Most of the time, reaching the right decision requires little reasoning.... Expert systems are, thus, not about reasoning: they are about knowing.... Reasoning takes time, so we try to do it as seldom as possible. Instead we store the results of our reasoning for later reference.

DANIEL CREVIER, AI: The Tumultuous History of the Search for Artificial Intelligence


Tags: Daniel Crevier, reason