People who think artificial intelligence is about to take over the world will find this book reassuring. Because what emerges from it is how wonderfully intelligent our brains really are — and how comfortably unsurpassed.
Stanislas Dehaene is a professor of cognitive psychology at the Collège de France and a world expert on how the brain learns. Much of his research is on children. Even within a few months of birth, he says, they “surpass any existing artificial intelligence algorithm”.Babies understand grammar and numbers and space. They form abstract ideas and hypothetical rules and continuously adjust them in the face of new sensory data. AlphaGo, which famously beat the world’s best player of the game of Go, cannot even adapt its skills to a