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AI Does Not Have Thoughts, No Matter What You Think

By Cade Metz

06 Aug 2022 · 12 min read

Editor's Note

This feature piece from The New York Times dives into the question of why researchers continue to describe AI as sentient? Read the article to discover more.

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.

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.

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