In the mid-20th century, a piece of cutting-edge mathematical gadgetry was said to be “like a computer.” In the 21st century, it is the human math whiz who is “like a computer.” It’s an odd twist: we’re like the thing that used to be like us. We imitate our old imitators, in one of the strange reversals in the long saga of human uniqueness.
It's a remarkably interesting article about artificial intelligence and the human condition. Slightly off topic for this site, but definitely worth sharing. I had it in my Instapaper queue and not sure how I came across it.