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Is Neuroscience a Bigger Threat than Artificial Intelligence?

IBM’s Jeopardy winning computer Watson is a serious threat, not just to the livelihood of medical diagnosticians, but to other professionals who may find themselves going the way of welders. Besides its economic threat, the advance of AI seems to pose a cultural threat: if physical systems can do what we do without thought to give meaning to their achievements, the conscious human mind will be displaced from its unique role in the universe as a creative, responsible, rational agent. Alex Rosenberg on why neuroscience is a far greater threat to human distinctiveness than AI will ever be.

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