5 Things a Mind Can Do that Artificial Intelligence Never Can

Taken from Peter Kreeft’s “The Best Things in Life” Chapter 4, “On Artificial Intelligence and College Presidents.”

(1) Question itself. “Artificial intelligence can’t do what your natural intelligence just did.” … “Asking questions, you mean? … But computers can ask questions if you program them to. You can design and program artificial intelligence to do anything natural intelligence can do.” “But can it question its own programming?” “If you program it to, yes.” “But it will never question its last programming.” “No.” “But we do.”

(2) Do unprogrammed things. “**rains are like computers in that they are instruments needing to be programmed by a person. The programmer departs at death, leaving his brain and the body it directed. … [A computer]…[can] be programmed by another computer…[but] for such a chain of programming, we need [a soul]…a programmer that can question its programming and initiate new programs. Someone must push the first domino. … [The] principle [at work] here…[is] the principle of causality: that you can’t give what you don’t have.”

(3) Understand simple things. “[A] computer [is] good at complexities but unable to understand something simple, like the nose on my face. … [We can] distinguish…computer consciousness from human consciousness by complexity versus simplicity. You now have three answers to your question: the ability to question its most recent programming, the ability to initiate a chain of unprogrammed programming and the ability to understand the noncomplex.”

(4) and (5) Choose freely and understand. “I don’t accept any of those answers as adequate.” “Then we have a fourth answer: the will, the ability to choose. You can even choose to be irrational.” “Oh. I see.” “And there we have a fifth answer. You see, you understand. Computers merely receive, store, and supply information, like libraries. Would you say the Library of Congress understands anything?” “The people in it do, and the people who wrote the books in it do.” “And that is your simplest and ultimate distinction between human and computer intelligence. It is the programmers and users of computers that understand, not the computers.”**

None of this is for sure.

No one here right now can accurately predict what they will be able to do in 100 yrs time, or even 200, 500, 1000 yrs for that matter.

Why not?

Artificial intelligence pre-supposes an intellect ready according to love.

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