These AI champions are appealing to the Software of the Gaps, a secular cousin of the God of the Gaps.
To explain away the Cambrian explosion has been and remains a high priority for Darwinists.
A key question is how long biologists can argue that life looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, but it is actually a cat.
Something immaterial can’t have an effect on the material realm, presumably, so how would it be selected as advantageous by Darwinian natural selection?
Spontaneous natural processes always tend toward states of greater entropy, lower energy, or both.