This doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves.
The theme of the evening was framed by a question: “Will the Machines Take Over? Human Uniqueness in the Age of Smart Machines.”
Following Darwin, with an assist from Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin, Ken Miller proposes that human reason, consciousness, etc. are exaptations, or “spandrels.”
Is it really plausible to say that humans and chimps share an evolutionarily recent common ancestor, some 6 million years ago?
The issue comes down to the creative power of the unguided evolutionary mechanism, or the lack of it.