"Stephen Hawking Is Terrified of Artificial Intelligence" was the title of a recent Huffington Post feature (5/5/14). He was quoted as saying, "One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all." The implication was that humanity has until 2029 before it faces potential extinction.
On the other hand, Stuart Hameroff, MD, and Roger Penrose, PhD, have recently brought forth mitigating information regarding microtubules-tiny molecular tubes that make up one layer of all cell walls and may be the seat of consciousness. They not only refute the premise that AI can outdo human intelligence, but that we as humans are far more than the sum of our parts. That point when coupled with the latest discoveries of psychoanalyst Martha Harrell, PhD, points to a Supra-Brain that operates beyond the human brain to such a degree as to shift the landscape of what we call reality. What scientists are missing in the arguments of human extinction is that it is not AI that will take a quantum leap in competition with humanity, but that humanity is already entering a quantum leap that makes intelligence itself obsolete. Our world is on the cusp of a giant Re-eVolution.