Pattern matching and the lost evolutionary high ground

The human brain loves patterns. We identify patterns everywhere, even where they don’t exist. In the past, this has been of evolutionary benefit. Being able to recognise poisonous tree frogs or tigers or gaps in a forest floor, or tribe members who look like us have all been helpful to our survival. The brain is an expensive engine to run, and any heuristic that helps us be more efficient saves us energy.

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Should we be afraid of AI?

There have been warnings for many years about the potential for disaster with Artificial Intelligence implementations.  Many luminaries, from Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking, have warned about the implications if we unwittingly create a robotic overlord who deems that we are irrelevant at best and destructive at worst, and decides the world will be better off without us.

So why am I concerned now, and should you be?

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