Dreams of achieving immortality by having your consciousness uploaded, merging man and computer in the predicted 2045 “Singularity,” are just that — dreams.
A Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, mistakenly designated one AI program “sentient.”
These AI champions are appealing to the Software of the Gaps, a secular cousin of the God of the Gaps.
Wait. Barash’s hypothesis overlooks the fact that suffering is more than an alarm system. An alarm could be going off in an empty building.
We have even seen one professor declare the supposed personhood of peas. Now, it is insects’ turn at being anthropomorphized.