Machine Impossibility

Machine impossibility is impossible, this supposed paradox reveals a human condition we take for granted.

As humans we routinely change the boundaries of what we think is possible. We climb higher mountains, swim wider canals, and run longer distances. We achieve bigger feats, and inspire our fellow people.

But for a machine impossibility is absolute, the field of options is fully mapped, and fully exploited. This is one of the fallacies of trying to assign intelligence to a machine.

Our own cognitive space has crevices, and untapped corners, where inspiration can hide. The human spirit prevails, inspires and pushes us over what we think is the end of our abilities.

Next time we brand a machine as magical, we should think about the last time we did something we thought was impossible.

Published by Nitzan

I am a designer, writer and strategist with interest in machine learning, liminal thinking and complexity science. In my commercial work I help companies build innovative tools, design better qualitative processes, and lead that human machine collaboration with complexity in mind.

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