This is a list from Future Minds: How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters, and What We Can Do About It by Richard Watson.
- The bases of human intelligence is experience and is based on sensory awareness of information coming in as well as our response to it.
- Machines cannot think about their own thinking–they are not self-aware.
- Human beings process generalized intelligence; machines are programmed for specific tasks.
- A machine lacks true senses–it can “know” it is cold, but it cannot “feel” cold.
- Machines do not have empathy or morality and they cannot feel love, joy, hate, or any other emotion.
- Electronic devices are not capable of creativity, intuition, or imagination.
- People currently have mental privacy, but the workings of machines are transparent.
- We can download information into a machine, but not yet into the human brain.
- Machines do not possess a subconscious mind, yet this, more than the conscious mind, is the basis of most human thought and behavior.
- The human brain has evolved over thousands of years so is highly resilient and adaptive to changing circumstances.
If you want to read the book but don’t have the time, I already did it for you. Check out my book notes here.
While reading through the topic of conscious machines, here are some of my recommended readings:
- Are Machines Conscious? (Forbes, 2019)
- How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine (Wired, 2017)