With businesses replacing humans with AI chatbots and more advanced technology than ever before, we still face the same question that has been asked millions of times in the past; will AI and other technology replace humans in all areas of life? If you type ‘Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Brain’ into a search engine, you’ll find many articles and many books written on the topic. For us, it’s an interesting debate, but one that has a definitive answer. We’re going to dig deeper into this question today!
The Debate Intensifies.
In recent years, it’s fair to say that the debate between Artificial Intelligence and the Human Brain has grown somewhat. For businesses, for example, they have to save as much money and time as possible in order to remain competitive within their market. With computers and AI, we have this opportunity to save resources and this leads to optimism. In other areas of life, the same optimism is present. Yet, there’s one big flaw that is often forgotten…the truth.
Computers ARE NOT and NEVER WILL BE alive. Sure, they can process information quicker than the human mind and even consider more complex algorithms than ever before. However, no computer will ever be alive because life isn’t just about algorithms. Computers do not and cannot think; they deal with specific requests in the way that they’ve been programmed.
As another example, think about translation. If you’re faced with a page of Spanish and you need to translate it into English, this is done within seconds using a clever program. However, the computer isn’t thinking when translating and it certainly doesn’t know the Spanish language. Instead, it has been set up with a Spanish dictionary and an English dictionary. To translate, it matches the phrases as accurately as possible and we can then understand it. It’s very clever, it’s very quick, but thinking will always require a mind.
The Argument of Creation and Emotion.
When really looking into Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Brain debate, one key point is creation and imagination. For those on the side of the human brain, they will tell you that computers can never really create anything, they simply repurpose or recombine the information already created by humans. With this in mind, they don’t have the ability to enjoy a ‘eureka’ moment because they lack insight. If we think about the process of writing a book, computers and AI don’t have the tools required to complete the necessary steps.
Furthermore, it’s fair to say that computers are restricted to what’s rational. On the other hand, a human brain can go anywhere it wants; there are non-rational parts to the human brain. When making decisions, humans consider all sorts of factors including facts, emotions, possible consequences, and more. For this reason, some will say that computers are designed to calculate rather than understand.
What’s more, if we can get romantic for a moment, there are levels to the human existence that AI and computers will never understand. We’ve already mentioned truth, but what about beauty? What about love? What about doing things and making decisions for a reason other than ‘because it’s rational’?
A Metaphysical Objection.
Is there an actual metaphysical objection to the Artificial Intelligence versus the Human Brain debate? Well, the metaphysical objection would be the fact that the brain and the mind aren’t the same thing. Let’s say a computer with AI can replicate the machinery and technical elements of the brain. Let’s say that the biology of the brain has been recreated with hard-wired technology. Even with this extreme advancement, we would still have a machine at the end of it and not a mind.
Many years ago, Kurt Gödel, an Austrian mathematician, said that there are built-in flaws with every logical system. Noted as a ‘notion of incompleteness’, Gödel said that they will always contain unproven statements. No matter how advanced we get with technology, he believed that logical systems will never be able to explain everything.
Additionally, we can think about what it is that makes us human. Cogito, ergo sum – a philosophical proposition uttered by Rene Descartes. Translated from Latin, it means ‘I think, therefore I am.’ What makes us human and the reason we know we’re alive is the very fact that we’re thinking consciously about the question. Let’s take it one step further. If we compare the human mind, to logic and AI, the human mind and its consciousness will always be able to go further and into places that logic can’t. When it comes to love, imagination, inspiration, intuition, and more, we transcend logic in an instant. We sometimes follow a path that doesn’t make sense, a path that would seem indirect and pointless from a machine’s point of view.
If we look on one of the most basic levels of humanity, religion, we’re constantly believing in things that cannot be proven. From an AI and computer perspective, religion would be dismissed immediately because it doesn’t follow logic. Yet, we believe in unproven things every single day. Why? It could be for the following reasons;
Even for staunch defenders of AI, it’s hard to ignore these vital flaws. Artificial Intelligence versus the human brain? We believe the human brain will always win. Thinking requires the mind, and computers could never have written the works of Shakespeare, or the scientific principles of Einstein, or the beautiful melodies of Beethoven.
We aren’t saying that AI doesn’t have its value, and we’re sure it will contribute great things to our wonderful planet. In the last five years alone, technology has continued to impress on every level. However, during the same time, humans have continued to live their lives according to principles that don’t make sense to technology. Examples include morals, aesthetics, love, emotion, and more. The most fulfilled and meaningful lives often come through principles that aren’t logistically correct, and this will never change!
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