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10 ways our minds are different to our machines

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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.

  1. The bases of human intelligence is experience and is based on sensory awareness of information coming in as well as our response to it.
  2. Machines cannot think about their own thinking–they are not self-aware.
  3. Human beings process generalized intelligence; machines are programmed for specific tasks.
  4. A machine lacks true senses–it can “know” it is cold, but it cannot “feel” cold.
  5. Machines do not have empathy or morality and they cannot feel love, joy, hate, or any other emotion.
  6. Electronic devices are not capable of creativity, intuition, or imagination.
  7. People currently have mental privacy, but the workings of machines are transparent.
  8. We can download information into a machine, but not yet into the human brain.
  9. Machines do not possess a subconscious mind, yet this, more than the conscious mind, is the basis of most human thought and behavior.
  10. 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: