The title of this post is the title of a talk I gave a little while back at the DC offices of Palantir Technologies. The talk grew out of a post I did for my HBR.org blog about the comparative chess-playing abilities of humans and computers, which was in turn spurred by a great article on the subject by Garry Kasparov.
Palantir invited me to come as part of their evening Palantir Night Live series to discuss human and computer strengths more generally, as well as how the two can be productively combined.
The video of the talk is now up on YouTube. It’s been broken down into seven segments. I start talking about 5:09 into the first segment.
As I tried to organize my thoughts for this event, I found them ranging far and wide over such subjects as:
- The early triumphs of the Artificial Intelligence movement, and its later disappointments
- Moravec’s Paradox
- The astonishing advances over time in computing power per $
- What will happen if computers ever do get smart (I illustrated my most likely scenarios with images from Terminator, I, Robot, Battlestar Galactica, and The Matrix)
- The State of the Art with machine translation and machine chess
- Human intuition vs. algorithmic prediction`
- How human creativity can be buttressed by machine support
- Quotes from Isaac Asimov, Steven Pinker, Norbert Weiner, and others.
All of these are covered in the talk, which was a huge amount of fun to prepare and give.
I hope you’ll take a look at the videos (1st one is below), and let us know what you think. Do you agree with my arguments and conclusions? Is there anything important that I’m getting wrong, or leaving out? Leave a comment, please, and let us know.