What does it mean that there’s information in DNA, and how does this distinguish it from most other physical objects?
I sometimes wonder if hype about artificial intelligence, the wonderful or terrible things it will do for or to us, functions as a deliberate distraction.
Richard Dawkins lashed out at Pope Francis for the latter’s comparing modern eugenic efforts to Nazi precedents that sought to “create a pure race.”
The scary thing about AI and related advances in technology is not what it will to do us — like put us all out of work — but what we’ll do with it to ourselves and each other.
In contrast with apes, it’s a tougher sell to say that dogs share an ability to communicate with us because of being close evolutionary cousins.