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.
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.
“For myself, unregenerate humanity is preferable — the flawed and conflicted creatures we are.”
How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination.