1 Puzzling Reason AI May Never Compete With Human Consciousness

Often, constructing humanlike artificial intelligence starts with deconstructing humans. Take fingerprints, for instance. When washing the dishes, we intuitively adjust our grip on each soapy plate, cup and spoon while taking into account our fingerprint structure. It just doesn’t cross our mind because we chalk it up to reflex — and for the longest time, … Read more

A Puzzling Quantum Scenario Appears to Violate a Law of Physics

Remember we’re dealing with the photon’s wave function here. Since the bounce doesn’t constitute a measurement, the wave function doesn’t collapse. Instead, it splits in two: Most of the wave function remains in the box, but the small, rapidly oscillating piece near where the mirror was inserted leaves the box and heads toward the detector. … Read more