On the “existential threat” of AI

Interesting essay here (“Fearing Artificial Intelligence”) by Ali Minai:

Whatever happens, one thing is certain:  Intelligent algorithms will certainly transform human society in major ways. And one of these will be to challenge our bedrock notions of ourselves: As more and more abilities that we had considered essentially human – thinking, planning, linguistic expression, science, art – become automated, it will become harder to avoid the question if these too are, like routine tasks and calculations, just material processes after all.

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