Quite honestly, I think we should be grateful to people like Coyne and Hawking, who carry materialism to its logical conclusions.
Theorists hope to alleviate a deficiency in Shannon information theory, which dealt only with the structure of a communication, not its semantics.
“The real worry,” Dembski says, “isn’t that we’ll raise machines to our level, but that we’ll lower humanity to the level of machines.”
No doubt evolutionary psychologists could a tell a story to explain this. They always can. Something about tribes of hunter-gatherers.
The theme of the evening was framed by a question: “Will the Machines Take Over? Human Uniqueness in the Age of Smart Machines.”