When someone like Satya Nadella (MS CEO) who really ought to know better says something that sounds like the kind of ignorant nonsense you'd usually hear from an arts student ("We humans have creativity, empathy, emotion, physicality, and insight that can then be mixed with powerful A.I. computation..." in his recent Slate article) it's hard not to wonder whether:
1. he's really not thought about this at all (nor ever read anything from anyone who has thought about this).
2. he harbors crypto-religious sentiments (humans having souls that machines can never have) that he's unwilling to state explicitly.
3. he's trying to calm the masses by pretending to them that they are actually unique and beautiful snowflakes and that mummy and daddy will always love them no matter what.
4. he's being deliberately misleading, not actually
saying that machines can't have these things but leading us to infer them.
If the Brexit/Trump supporters are unhappy now, they're really going to hate the next 50/100 years. At least fear and hatred of the machines is likely to help humans get over their fear and hatred of each other.
In the meantime, http://smbc-comics.com/
regularly has web comics on these themes far more insightful than anything in Nadella's worthless article.