EP 589 How Far Can Artificial Intelligence Go in Mimicking Human Behavior?


While artificial intelligence is remarkable(right, Alexa?) it is a stretch to believe the science fiction portrayals of future humans being replaced by artificial intelligence is likely…ever.  The key reason, according to our guest on this podcast, is because artificial intelligence is based on algorithms and algorithms are mathematical in nature, requiring a human to program the robots to do stuff.  Despite a Google engineer’s recent representation that what the company was working on was a sentient robot, that just does not seem possible.  He was fired recently, by the way.  And while there is an AI church forming a cult religion around this subject, there are aspects of human intelligence, things for example that composers, painters and novelists do, that will never be replicated by a machine, even one programmed by the smartest engineers in the world.  Our guest, Robert J. Marks II is a distinguished professor of Engineering at Baylor University.  He has worked in the field of artificial research for more than three decades.  In his book “Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will” he separates the exciting possibilities for artificial intelligence, from heady claims that are provably overblown.  It’s a fascinating topic and a compelling listen.