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962 THE HUMAN ELEMENT

In a thought-provoking dialogue, AklI Adjaoute, a seasoned expert with a PhD in AI since 1988, demystifies the progress and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. He emphasizes that despite AI’s vast advancements, human creativity, imagination, and intuition remain irreplaceable. Akly highlights the limitations of rule-based systems and the necessity of human input for AI to navigate exceptions and individuality. With an anecdote about serendipitous inspiration from a book about clocks, he illustrates how exposure to unrelated ideas fuels innovation—a process AI systems like GPT-3 cannot replicate due to their lack of true understanding, emotion, or reasoning. The discussion also touches upon the growing concerns around deepfakes, underscoring the critical need for trust in information, which is foundational to democracy. Despite the hype surrounding the potential for AI to achieve general intelligence, Akly remains skeptical, advocating for a future where AI’s development is guided by an acknowledgment of its inherent limitations and a deeper appreciation for the human qualities it cannot emulate.

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