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John Lennox: The Truth About AI, Consciousness, and God (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Practical Wisdom podcast titled “John Lennox Unlocks the Truth about AI, Consciousness, and God.” In this episode, renowned apologist and Oxford mathematician John Lennox reveals the truth about Artificial Intelligence (AI), consciousness, and our understanding of God.

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SAMUEL MARUSCA: Welcome to Practical Wisdom. My name is Samuel Marusca, and today we’re going to be talking about artificial intelligence. I’m delighted to be joined by Professor John Lennox today. Hello and welcome to Practical Wisdom.

JOHN LENNOX: Thank you very much. Delighted to be with you.

SAMUEL MARUSCA: John Lennox is a professor of mathematics and the philosophy of science, emeritus professor at Oxford University. He’s a renowned author, having written numerous books published in several languages. He wrote “Can Science Explain Everything?”, a best-seller, “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?”, and now a very recent one, “A Good Return.” He’s also debated many atheists, including Richard Dawkins and famously Christopher Hitchens.

John, I’d like to start with artificial intelligence. First of all, I’d like to start with the definition of AI. What is, in your opinion, artificial intelligence? Because the wording seems to be very confusing. It seems to be that there’s a lot of artificial but probably not as much intelligence going on. Also, what is your understanding of weak or narrow AI and general AI?

JOHN LENNOX: Well, let’s start with the basic definition. There’s a marvelous paper that was written many years ago by one of the pioneers of AI, who rejoices in the name of Joseph McRae Mellichamp. He wrote a paper entitled ‘The Artificial in Artificial Intelligence is Real.’ In other words, the word artificial needs to be taken seriously. This is not real intelligence; it simulates intelligence. So let’s separate between the two main sorts of AI: narrow AI and general AI.

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