A recent survey said that we’re slightly pessimistic about AI’s impact on the world even as we imagine it will invent new medical treatments and “economic empowerment” (whatever that means). More than a third of us expect AI to wipe out human civilization.
Science provides descriptions. It reports the ways things work. It’s repeatable and reliable, and it has given us endless services and conveniences. It is undeniably accurate and real. But it doesn’t tell us how things work, let alone why.