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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?


Desdemona, a robot designed and built by artificial intelligence researcher Ben Goertzel. The robot plays in his jazz fusion band.

Credit: Ian Allen/The New York Times

As the sun set over Maury Island, just south of Seattle, Ben Goertzel and his jazz fusion band had one of those moments that all bands hope for — keyboard, guitar, saxophone and lead singer coming together as if they were one.

Dr. Goertzel was on keys. The band's friends and family listened from a patio overlooking the beach. And Desdemona, wearing a purple wig and a black dress laced with metal studs, was on lead vocals, warning of the coming Singularity — the inflection point where technology can no longer be controlled by its creators.

"The Singularity will not be centralized!" she bellowed. "It will radiate through the cosmos like a wasp!"

 

From The New York Times
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