Their conversation is so full of treasures, it’s hard to distill it down to an essence. But I’ll try.
Staddon’s piece is topical, well written, and carefully reasoned. Coyne is of course free to disagree with Staddon’s conclusions.
A focus on power, to the neglect of wisdom, is fine, as long as it is recognized that mechanical philosophy is incomplete.
Kudos to interviewer Peter Slen who is utterly unreadable as to his own attitudes on any on this.
Transhumanists and other anti-human exceptionalists have been arguing of late that artificial-intelligence machines are destined to become so sophisticated that they will become “self-aware.”