Wow! Steve Luckstead seems to have watched “I, Robot” way too many times! His thesis is flawed on so many levels, I can’t address them in 400 words.
A computer didn’t beat Ken Jennings at “Jeopardy.” The computer is an information storage unit that regurgitated information, incredibly efficiently, fed to it by programmers. But then, it didn’t have other concerns such as a mortgage, personal relationships, hunger, sex, children, etc., to clog up its efficiency in retrieving that information, did it?
Mr. Luckstead, ever the materialist, ignores the salient issue here. Sentient creatures do not think with their brains. They think with their minds. Science can’t locate the mind because it exists in the metaphysical realm.
God has given us gifts that exist beyond corporeal boundaries. Science ignores the metaphysical realm, despite overwhelming evidence of its existence, because its work is limited to physical manifestations. Why is that?
Let’s put Mr. Luckstead to the test. Build a robot with science fiction doohickeys that allow it to process a trillion times faster than the human brain. Impressive! Put it out in the sun — allowing its energies to obviate entropy — and wait for it to say “dada.” Or “one plus one equals two.” How long do we wait?
Unless it has been fed information via human resources, its utility is limited to catching bird droppings. As with the premise of “I, Robot,” the wish, not the science, is that the computer will naturally evolve upward and, eventually, replace man as the dominant entity on Earth.
Once again, Mr. Luckstead either ignores or shakes his fist at God, and says “We can do it better than you can.” We are “Homo Sapiens’ Sapiens!” Which means we are the wise, wise men!
According to the Bible, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” Good luck with Mr. Robot. By the way, you can’t use a battery or an electric cord. Just let Mr. Robot evolve the ability to use solar power to jump start things!
Guillermo F. Garcia