A key question as we move toward this future, says Lennox, is what does it mean to be human?
It is theoretically possible that out of thousands of scientists working on evolutionary computation, all failed to correctly implement the Darwinian algorithm.
As with early AI, the claims are inflated, unsupported, and the solutions do not scale to real world problems. Perhaps an EA “winter” is long overdue.
Will robots ever experience empathy or other feelings, or develop a genuine sense of humor?
A clever method of RNA editing may explain the role of introns embedded in genes, and points to even higher levels of programming.