Reading the Wikipedia entry on Caenorhabditis elegans and how much we already understand about this small organism and its 302 neurons makes me even more skeptical of the claim that a human-level artificial intelligence (short: AI) will be created within this century.
Its pattern of connectivity, or “connectome”, has been completely mapped and we have the computational capacity to simulate it. Yet nobody is able to do so. Its genome is completely sequenced.
Many different people and teams of people have been studying this little nematode for decades. Yet, as John Baez once formulated it, nobody is able to create an AI hat could navigate autonomously in a real-world environment and survive real-world threats and attacks with approximately the skill of C. elegans.
Would it be wrong to take this as evidence against human-level AI? If so, how? What makes you believe that it will be possible to create a human-level AI from scratch before it is possible to copy the skills of an already existing organism that is qualitatively and quantitatively many orders of magnitude less intelligent than humans?
- Whole Brain Emulation: Looking At Progress On C. elgans
- Why I Moved from AI to Neuroscience, or: Uploading Worms
- The pathetic state of computer vision