Synthesis of Human and Artificial Intelligence

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In his book “How to stay smart in a smart world: Why human intelligence still beats algorithms,” Gerd Gigerenzer (2022) opposes the predominantly positive perspective on AI development with a plea for the uniqueness of the human intellect. He misses out on exploring a matter that is central to both aspects and I argue it is more worthwhile than pitting both against each other, namely, the future synthesis of human and artificial intelligence. In the present review, I want to outline this argument as a more productive approach to addressing the caveats of artificial and human intellect. I will introduce the weaknesses and strengths of both types of intelligence. I will make my argument for focussing on their synthetic cooperation rather than picking one of the two and elaborate on recent research ventures of human-machine cooperation that have a promising future in this regard.

Ryan Watkins