The insanity of claiming everything is sentient and the collective delusions of modern scientists

According to some experts, everything is sentient these days, from computers to honey bees, but this is a radical redefinition of a term once applied to humans and perhaps a few of our close relatives.  Sentience used to require awareness and understanding.  Suddenly, merely adaptive behavior will do as activists start calling for insect rights,… Continue reading The insanity of claiming everything is sentient and the collective delusions of modern scientists

No, Google’s LaMDA isn’t sentient and didn’t pass the Turing Test

After a Google engineer declares the company’s latest creation is a conscious and sentient machine, The Washington Post claims the Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence is broken, measuring merely deception.  Both are incorrect in different ways as Turing’s genius remains applicable and relevant. Last month, The Washington Post proclaimed that Google’s latest natural language software,… Continue reading No, Google’s LaMDA isn’t sentient and didn’t pass the Turing Test

Shakespeare’s Othello, the Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence, and the indeterminacy of radical translation

It took close to 350 years for mathematics and philosophy to catch up with the ideas about the human mind explored in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.  From computer science to the study of language, the opacity of other minds remains at the forefront of our understanding of each other and at the center of Iago’s scheming… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Othello, the Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence, and the indeterminacy of radical translation