This excerpt from an article in Wired on artificial intelligence contained something that I can’t get out of my head (my emphasis):
This future doesn’t keep Etzioni up at night. He’s not worried about AI becoming maliciously superintelligent. “We’re worried about something taking over the world,” he scoffs, “that can’t even on its own decide to play chess again.” It’s not clear how an AI would develop a desire to do so or what that desire would look like in software. Deep learning can conquer chess, but it has no inborn will to play.
It’s obvious to us that AI doesn’t have desire, but making it explicit what AI lacks at the same time specifies what humans have. So desire is one of the things that defines us as humans, or maybe as organic beings since animals have desire too – what about plants?