The Impossible Leap

Why Machines Can Never Equal Humans

Abhishek Kothari

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No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it — Albert Einstein

This essay provides a framework for my readers to conduct small thought experiments of their own to come to their own opinion on whether a world ruled by robots is a possibility. My endeavor here is to not use any charts, data or expert opinions to guide my thoughts. This simplicity is intentional — I don’t want anything except my own personal biases (which I have many) to complicate the issue.

As of today, such a radically alternate reality doesn’t appear to be a possibility to me. These paragraphs outline why. I tend to believe there is a minuscule chance I am wrong.

Then again, I often laugh at my own self when I ask myself: who am I? The irony of the matter is that this joke of a question ‘who am I?’ is also an existential one. It holds the answer to what AI or even AGI can eventually become or not become.

A Few Underlying Assumptions

In the absence of another template, we are using the human brain as a template to model Artificial Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). That is my first assumption.

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Abhishek Kothari

Futurist@The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR