Some of the panicky AI-will-take-over-the-world talk grows out of seductive optics — that is, the AI packaging.
“Abiogenesis” seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life.
Neil Thomas explores some of the cultural influences that primed society to view the leap from non-life to life as easily made.
The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.
When I was in charge of the Emergency Room at Los Angeles County Hospital, I saw many instances of near-death trauma, yet there was little complaint about pain.