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Marks: Forget the Hype, “Thinking Machines” Can’t Replace Humans

It’s easy to picture, especially if we don’t know much about computers. And fears are easily exploited. But what are the facts?

Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks gave a talk in January at the Dallas Conference on Science and Faith on whether a robot will really take your job: “AI Apocalypse: Will Thinking Machines Replace Humans?” Just released on video:

As a computer engineer, Marks looks at the pop culture worry a bit differently from some. His skeptical response has also been captured in a just-published book, Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will (Discovery Institute Press, 2022).

The book makes clear that computers compute. They don’t really do anything that cannot be expressed as a computation.

That’s both a strength and a weakness. The ability of an algorithm to sort through billions of online documents in a fraction of a second doesn’t — by itself — entail any creativity in using the information gained. The computer will not do anything that departs from its programming. That’s a human specialty.

Here are some excerpts from the book:

(Non-Computable You (Discovery Institute Press,
2022) by Robert J. Marks is available here.)

Why you are not — and cannot be — computable. A computer science prof explains in a new book that computer intelligence does not hold a candle to human intelligence. In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Non-Computable You, Robert J. Marks shows why most human experience is not even computable.

The Software of the Gaps: An excerpt from Non-Computable You. In his just-published book, Robert J. Marks takes on claims that consciousness is emerging from AI and that we can upload our brains. He reminds us of the tale of the boy who dug through a pile of manure because he was sure that … underneath all that poop, there MUST surely be a pony!

Marks: Artificial intelligence is no more creative than a pencil.
You can use a pencil — but the creativity comes from you. With AI, clever programmers can conceal that fact for a while. In this short excerpt from his new book, Non-Computable You, Robert J. Marks discusses the tricks that make you think chatbots are people.


Machines with minds? The Lovelace test vs. the Turing test. The answers computer programs give sometimes surprise me too — but they always result from their programming. When it comes to assessing creativity (and therefore consciousness and humanness), the Lovelace test is much better than the Turing test.

You may also wish to read: AI vs. the pandemic: A hopeful view of the future of work. A look at what was predicted and what really happened. Philosopher Jay Richards argues that in an information economy there will be a place in which the human person is at the very center.

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Marks: Forget the Hype, “Thinking Machines” Can’t Replace Humans