The end of the conversation with Dr. Firestein was really intriguing to me. The possibility of that intersection between artificial intelligence and neuroscience/cognition seems so novel and exciting. However, Dr. Firestein’s point that we tend to place concepts we don’t understand into buckets that are popular at the time (ex: Aristotle’s Hydraulic Brain, later frameworks of clockwork, etc.) Is the blind belief in technology the new bucket that we are following?
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Blind belief in tech is definitely a “religion” for many, especially in Silicon Valley & its ilk. Not a religion I’d subscribe to though, even though I am sometimes accused of such!