Douglas Hofstadter was one of my favorite grad school professors nearly a half century ago. He was always very unenthusiastic about Artificial Intelligence and would sometimes say, “It just doesn’t interest me.” and “It is unlikely to ever do _____.” So this NYT article about Dr. Hofstadter’s shocking change of mind caught my attention:
I recalled a somewhat related conversation we once had at a department colloquium when I came upon this statement from a podcast interview: “It’s a very traumatic experience when some of your most core beliefs about the world start collapsing. And especially when you think that human beings are soon going to be eclipsed.”
I guess a lot can happen in a half century.