Caleb Scharf

Scientist and Writer, Columbia University, New York

Caleb Scharf is director of astrobiology at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology (2009), which won the Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award. His latest book is The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing (2017).

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Where do minds belong?

Caleb Scharf

I’ll jump in to address the question posed by Corey. I think (as I briefly touch on in the essay) that there clearly is *something* interesting happening between human and machine at this time. Actually there has been something going on for a long time, since we built clocks and carriages. But the present-day manipulation and provision of information by our ‘machines’ is unprecedented. For those of us in the privileged world it is absolutely changing the way we behave - the way we respond to questions, the way we carry out tasks, even the way we provision ourselves (from iTunes to Amazon). A vast amount of effort is going into constructing algorithms that mimic, but not duplicate, human t...

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