Zeming Gao on CoinGeek Backstage

AI is not generative, it’s synthetic: Zeming Gao on CoinGeek Backstage

AI is truly not generative; it’s synthetic,” says Zeming Gao. In an interview with CoinGeek Backstage, he talked about the challenges facing the emerging technology and why you shouldn’t be worried about intelligent machines taking over the world.

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AI provides us with reorganized human knowledge that we don’t possess, Gao pointed out. It doesn’t generate anything independently and only synthesizes what we feed it. While it may be exciting now in its novelty, AI would become useless if humans didn’t continue to advance it.

Gao was one of the keynote speakers at the IEEE COINS conference in Berlin, where he discussed the intersection of blockchain and AI. The chief strategy officer for B2B marketplace Toolots Inc. believes that AI faces three key challenges—legitimacy, reliability, and entropy. The first relates to data ownership, while the second hinges on computer science’s ‘garbage in, garbage out’ concept.

On entropy, Gao pointed out that any information system functions like a thermodynamic system and loses coherence without a proper data structure.

“Blockchain is the only viable solution,” the industry veteran told CoinGeek Backstage reporter Becky Liggero.

“Very scalable public blockchain is the only way that gives us data legitimacy and reliability. Decentralized data ownership is the basic incentive for individual participation in this economy. Digital humanity will not be a closed system.”

So, should you be worried about AI hitting its Skynet moment and turning against us? Not according to Gao. He believes that while artificial general intelligence (AGI) is upon us, it will not replace human intellect.

“As human beings, we don’t just have arithmetic intelligence but also intuitive logic. That part is not programmable. Machines will never have that and will never gain consciousness,” he summed up.

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