Could Robots Replace Psychologists, Politicians, and Poets?

Speaking at a three-day international conference, “What makes Us Human: From Genes to Machine,” Hebrew University professor and best-selling author, Yuval Noah Harari, discussed the potential to back humans through a combination of advances in computing power, such as artificial intelligence (AI), and in brain science.

He further suggested no profession is fully safe from automation, even those requiring emotional intelligence, because AI will have the capability to recognize and imitate the biochemical patterns of human emotions.

The one essential element AI would lack is consciousness, a key attribute that mammals use together with intelligence to solve problems. “There has so far been zero development in computer consciousness,” said Harari.

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