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Intelligent Design and Artificial Intelligence — The Connection

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It seems obvious on a moment’s reflection: intelligent design and artificial intelligence have something in common, and that is intelligence. What’s the significance of that? In an illuminating conversation for ID the Future, Robert Crowther talks about the connection with Dr. Robert Marks of Baylor University, co-author of the recent book Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics.

Marks and his fellow researchers have shown that evolution isn’t computable, meaning it can’t be successfully modeled — “There exists no model successfully describing undirected Darwinian evolution,” as Marks puts it. And you know what? The qualities that make human intelligence special are similarly not computable.

That, as Professor Marks explains among other helpful observations, makes fantasies about AI robots taking over the world, developing consciousness, or displacing the human race incompatible with reality. Listen to the podcast here.

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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