This is a warning. Please read carefully.
By now you’ve probably seen a Predictor; millions of them have been sold by the time you’re reading this. For those who haven’t seen one, it’s a small device, like a remote for opening your car door. Its only features are a button and a big green LED. The light flashes if you press the button. Specifically, the light flashes one second before you press the button.
Short story by Ted Chiang, published by Nature.com in 2005, nearly twenty years ago.
Thinking about free will is like thinking about afterlife or whether we have a soul. Could be an interesting debate but how useful is it?
I imagine, if given enough information, AI could figure out my answer to most questions, most of the time. It would seem like magic.
I like the name Chiang would prefer to use instead of AI, which he terms a poor choice of words from the 1950’s: Applied Statistics. John Gruber suggested, and then retracted, adding the term System, for a better acronym.