There are fundamental, unbridgeable chasms on either side, animal and machine. The capacity for creativity, for one thing, stands permanently outside the reach of algorithms.
Theorists hope to alleviate a deficiency in Shannon information theory, which dealt only with the structure of a communication, not its semantics.
Only a freely acting, designing agent resolves the mystery. Only such an agent creates, truly, ex nihilo.
There’s no danger of computers ruling us, but there is a peril in employing them to greatly magnify the impact of our own errors.
A memory of past events helps a cell learn how to respond to recurring threats and protect the genome.