Chait writes smart, concise dialogue on these subjects, and seems to have learned more than a thing or two from biologist Scott Turner’s recent book, Purpose and Desire.
There are fundamental, unbridgeable chasms on either side, animal and machine. The capacity for creativity, for one thing, stands permanently outside the reach of algorithms.
There’s no danger of computers ruling us, but there is a peril in employing them to greatly magnify the impact of our own errors.
Reproduction is the most fundamental characteristic of life. We see it happen everywhere, so we may feel there is nothing “unnatural” about it.
The standard evolutionary model is incapable of driving major transformations such as a fish evolving into an amphibian.