World-class chess, Go, and Jeopardy-playing programs are impressive, but they prove nothing about whether computers can be made to achieve AGI.
The comparison between Lincoln and Darwin is noteworthy. The words of the former are immortal, of the latter…increasingly evident in their mortality.
Neuroscientist Michael Egnor notes that the idea of consciousness is “empty,” much like the idea of “natural selection” in evolution.
The importance of metals, particularly iron, and the importance of the discovery of metallurgy can hardly be exaggerated.
Right now, within your bodies this little engine is cranking away. Without this machine, oxygen-dependent life could not exist.