Prof: Fears about AI overblown – unless you believe 'X-Men'

Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

technology (generic)A Christian scholar says all the hype about artificial intelligence taking over the world is "totally inappropriate" – and that people who believe in the evolution of AI need to quit believing in comic books.

Physicist Stephen Hawking has famously stated that the rise of artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race." In addition, billionaires Elon Musk and Bill Gates have expressed fear of the advancement of AI.

But Dr. Robert Marks II downplays those fears. Baylor University's distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering says the capabilities of computers haven't changed since they were first invented.

"There's something called the Church-Turing Thesis, which says the computers we have today can't do anything different than the computers we had back in the 1930s," he explains. "Now they can do it a billion times, a trillion times as fast – but nevertheless, they have no additional capabilities in terms of acquiring intelligence and such."

Marks, who is considered by one group to be among the 20 most influential Christian scholars, is the premier scientist in the intelligent design (ID) movement. He finds it's interesting that people who oppose the concept of ID tell him he needs to quit believing in fairy tales, when in fact that's what they themselves are doing.

Wolverine (X-Men comic character)"I maintain these people who believe in these incredible achievements in the future of AI need to quit believing in comic books," he counters. "They need to quit believing in X-Men, where evolution has taken over and given all these young people these super-duper powers. It's a myth and there's certainly no evidence for it."

The professor explains that computers are limited in that they can only do what they're told and they have no capability of creation. He is widely quoted as saying, "Computers are no more able to create information than iPods are capable of creating music."

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