Egnor he nails it by noting that Shallit, not uniquely, falls victim to the mereological fallacy.
The failure to understand the gulf that separates humans from animals, and humans from machines, is a source of confusion to rival almost any other.
The interaction with Lents is of interest because it provides an opportunity to look again, in some detail, at a fascinating illustration of design in action.
“It is the obscurity of AI that most impairs liberty. We do not know what is being done to us or even what is being done by us.”
This is awesome. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling endorsement for a book.