BBC Horizon “What makes us clever?”.


I really enjoyed this documentary, the human brain and its capability is quite a fascinating topic which holds much debate. Can you make a child more intelligent by altering its upbringing? Teaching them how to solve A level standard mathematical problems by the time they are 5 years old? Or is it purely down to genes, Eugenics, how smart your parents are? What even is it?

Is it Nature Vs Nurture? Or rather, Nature & Nurture which can define how intelligent a being can become, or is? By the end of this documentary it appears the answer is the latter. Our upbringing and genes are both significant contributors to how intelligent one can be. One thing I did not like, however, was the end note on artificial intelligence and how close we are to obtaining it.

“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” – Karl Marx.

Why do we need computers just as, or more, intelligent than ourselves? Can nobody see what happens each time we invent a computer device to replace the need for human labour? We can not do it as quickly or efficiently any more. We come to rely on something which is not reliable, we have all witnessed how lost one can be during a power cut. How often do you solve a mathematical problem in your head these days? In know I do not, I head straight for the calculator, no wonder I am so bad at maths. What makes all this even worse is that they do not give any good reason for doing this, putting possible millions into creating something “Just because”. “Just because” is no just reason to me.

Have they not seen Terminator? iRobot? The Matrix? They may only be films, but they show a real threat, it is certainly not unlikely or improbable. I finish with this:

“We could become their pets”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00x7cb3/What_Makes_Us_Clever_A_Horizon_Guide_to_Intelligence/

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Classical Studies student, who likes vegetarianism, animals, feminism, and dislikes monetarism and capitalism. For shorter spats of Nobodysaknowitall: Follow @MegannWright
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