We can build machines which can do math for us. We can build machines which will make music for us. Machines can become everything that you are. It can do everything that you can do. Only thing is that, that which is that indescribable force which makes everything happen, that will not happen in a machine.
It is completely wrong to understand intelligence as thought
It is completely wrong to understand intelligence as thought. Thought is just one small expression of intelligence. This is a folly that modern societies have made, because the modern education system has made people believe that thought is the only form of intelligence. If thought is the only form of intelligence, you will naturally understand that – accumulation of data, analysing data, and projecting this data according to your analysis is intelligence. Well this is a process that any machine can do. This you’re beginning to understand now, that even the most complex thought that you think is phenomenal, today your computer can do it without effort.
Do you see a simple calculator can do more mathematics than your teacher can do? Your computer can do much more mathematics than anybody can, any mathematician can do. So obviously what you thought is a very difficult intellectual process, is being processed by a machine far more easily than you can imagine. Now people argue, but mathematics is one thing, but literature is a different thing, music is a different thing. Well I’m telling you whether it’s literature or music, which are considered more, what to say, outpouring of human heart – even this can be done by a machine. Well we’ve still not built machines good enough to do that maybe. But you will see in the next 25-50 years time, maybe I don’t know how long, but it will inevitably happen. You can’t make out, or probably it will be more perfect. As we can build machines which can do math for us, we can build machines which will write stories for us, we can build machines which will make music for us, we can build machines which are intuitive in nature.
They [machines] cannot become consciousness
So this is a very valid question. This is a question that needs to be looked at more profoundly than just talking about intuition or emotion. It needs to be looked at as a life process. Machines can become everything that you are, can do everything that you can do, probably better than you. As you know, they are doing things better than you. Only thing is, they cannot become consciousness. Well some people are saying we will build consciousness into a machine. That’s not going to happen, because that’s life. What you call as consciousness is the essence of life. That will not happen in a machine. 100%.