Can humans even bridge the divide between human brain and AI?

Giving a lecture on human brain, entitled Bridging the Divide: the Human Brain and Artificial Intelligence, as part of the 2nd session of the Business BSF Dr Nikolaos Dimitriadis, CEO of Trizma Neuro from Serbia, wondered if it was even possible to bridge this divide.

According to Dr Dimitriadis, we “live in the era of the nerd”, which has led to an obsession with the possibility of artificial intelligence (AI) overtaking the world.

But these theories, he said, come from the human brain, more specifically from its left perceptual system. This part of the brain “hates reality, nature and people” because they cannot be controlled.

“This part of the brain likes to develop mental models, theories and it has to fit reality to them. If reality does not fit with the mental model, it hates it because it is not in control.”

On the other hand, the right side of the brain “connects with people and nature and feels reality very real”. “Unfortunately, for the last couple of hundred years we have prioritised the left,” which is why the notion of everything being dominated by AI is so close to people.

According to Dr Dimitriadis, the question is thus not how to bridge the divide between AI and brain, but “can humans even build the bridge”.

He noted that humans are far ahead of AI in “high-level strategic, general intelligence, thinking” because of intentionality.

The human brain crunches enormous amount of data at any moment, mostly at the subconscious level, and decides what to do – “up to seven seconds before you even realise you have to make a decision”. This means that it has an intention, either to go for something or not.

And this points to two other issues with AI – intentionality and consciousness. According to Dr Dimitriadis, people can provide AI with neither, because they do not know how they were created.

Because we don’t know, the nerd community discovered magic,” he said about singularity, the notion that the invention of artificial superintelligence will trigger runaway technological growth.

“Nobody knows when or how it will come about, but in that moment the processing power will be so big that we will get conscious machines…

“This does not hold water in any serious scientific discussion. You can believe it, but separate belief from facts, please,” he concluded.

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